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The South looks set for a fine weekend while rain is on the way for much of the rest of the country.
A cold front is arriving at the top of the North Island, and will reach Northland early afternoon, Auckland later in the afternoon, and Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay tonight.
The rain will persist into the evening, and will possibly be heavy in places. A few showers are also expected overnight.
“It is nothing too dramatic,” MetService forecaster Curtis Hayes said.
“Highs in Auckland will still be around 17 today and 15C or 16C tomorrow.”
Rain is also expected for all places between Kapiti and Canterbury today.
Severe rain watches are in place for Marlborough and the Tararua Ranges north of Wellington.
Road snowfall warnings are in place for Arthurs Pass and Porters Pass in Canterbury.
Further south, inland Otago is fine and sunny, and Dunedin is expected to be mainly fine.
Tomorrow, there will be isolated showers in Auckland in the afternoon and it will be slightly cooler, with a high of around 16C.
More showers are also expected in Northland and the west of the North Island, while it will be fine in the eastern areas like Gisborne.
In the South Island, there is a chance of heavy rain on the west of the island tomorrow but it will be generally fine for Canterbury and Marlborough.