What the weather is looking like at your place this long weekend

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Wahoo! The long weekend is almost here! Labour weekend is always an exciting one as it is the first national holiday in almost half a year.

And despite New Zealand currently being in varying Alert Levels, there is one thing for sure, Kiwis across the country all have their fingers crossed for some beautiful sunny weather.

According to WeatherWatch, the forecast doesn't look quite as settled as many of us would hope for our first long weekend in a long time.

A low is expected to develop in the central Tasman Sea on Wednesday and deepen – possibly enough to prompt rain warnings for some northern & western areas – by Friday or Saturday.

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan says it’s likely to be a mostly North Island event, signalling the South Island may be the place to be this long weekend. 

The low is expected to track across much of the North Island on Saturday potentially creating heavy rain for Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty.  Taranaki and Nelson may also receive heavy rain. 

The South Island may be under a ridge of high pressure which could last through much of the weekend bringing mainly settled weather although cloud and easterlies created by the low may keep temperatures down – especially along the east coast.

For the main mets, here is what you can expect:

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. A few showers from afternoon, rain later. Northeasterlies.
Sunday: Rain. Northeasterlies clearing northwest.
Monday: Rain, clearing later in the day to partly cloudy weather. Northerlies.

Saturday: Fine but cloud increasing. Late rain. Light winds.
Sunday: Rain at times. Northerlies.
Monday: Cloudy with northerlies.

Saturday: Fine, morning and evening cloud. A few late spots of rain. Northeasterlies.
Sunday: A few spots of early rain, then fine. Northeasterlies, turning northwest later.
Monday: Fine, then fog possible from evening. Light winds.

Saturday: Fine, morning and evening cloud. Northeasterlies.
Sunday: Rain at times. Light winds.
Monday: Rain, clearing in the morning but remaining cloudy. Northeasterlies.

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