The country will continue to swelter, as temperatures in some
areas reach at least 30C today.
WeatherWatch.co.nz said an anticyclone continues to slip
eastwards but is maintaining mostly dry and sunny skies over
the nation with just "a few blemishes" on the fringes.
The mercury was expected to top 30C today in the north and
east of the South Island between Blenheim and Dunedin. In the
North Island, Wairarapa, inland parts of Hawkes Bay,
Tauranga, Hamilton and possibly Palmerston North, were also
expected to swelter.
Northland and Gisborne would see a few cloudy areas with the
risk of a drizzly shower, analyst Richard Green said.
"The deep south could see one or two showers pick up this
afternoon and southern Fiordland should see some rain or
showers, although an easing is very likely later today."
Winds also continued to blow in from the east over the Far
North and eastern parts of the country; however, they would
not prevent temperatures climbing to fairly healthy levels
overall, Mr Green said.
Meanwhile, Waitangi Day next week should be mostly settled
for many of us, as the country "bathes under yet another
anticyclone", he said.
Temperatures were likely to be in the low- to mid-20s for
most centres but inland areas could reach the 30C mark.
The hotspots would be at Hanmer Springs and Alexandra in the
South Island, and Kawerau and inland from Palmerston North.
The dry spell could be broken on Sunday and Monday for parts
of the country, Mr Green said.
"Moving in from the Tasman Sea a frontal system looks to
deliver a period rain for western and northern districts, and
now the chance of a band of rain or a period of showers
moving across eastern parts of the Mainland.
"The data is flip flopping a little at this point for
Canterbury but it seems a short wet spell with cooler
temperatures could start late Sunday or early Monday for a
time, but any moisture would be welcome at this time" he
However, Hawkes Bay, the driest part of the country, would
probably miss out on much of next week's rain, Mr Green said.