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Weather over Easter

March 28, 2018

MetService is forecasting a typical autumnal weekend for Easter and the end of daylight saving.
With three frontal systems affecting the country through the weekend, many places will see some rain or showers, especially Saturday and Monday. However, there will be plenty of dry weather, particularly in eastern areas to enjoy the outdoors.

The fronts lose much of their energy as they move north, meaning southern and western parts of the South Island will receive most of the precipitation.

“Places most likely to stay dry for the entire weekend are inland Marlborough and Wairarapa,” said MetService meteorologist Gerrit Keyser.

The first front is currently over the North Island. It is slow moving and rain is expected to spread north with the front, clearing by Friday morning. On Saturday, the second front reaches the South Island, quickly progresses over the country, with most of the rain in the south and along the West Coast. It brings a few showers to the North Island, that will clear overnight. Sunday looks to be the best day over the Easter weekend, with dry weather for nearly everybody. By the evening, the third front reaches the country and brings rain to the southern and western parts of the South Island overnight and through Monday while the North Island remains mainly dry.

Rainfall probability of more than 2mm from Friday to Monday.

“There is no rain in the forecast for the three nights that Ed Sheeran is performing in Dunedin,” said Keyser, “But on Saturday, there are showers around during the day for those travelling to the concert.”.

The Black Caps in Christchurch could see a brief period of rain on the second day, but a dry outfield for the remaining days. Keep up to date with the forecast for the cricket and any other forecasts at or on mobile devices at You can also follow our updates on MetService TV, at MetService New Zealand on Facebook, @metservice and @MetServiceWARN on Twitter and at

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