Don't hold your breath for sunshine

Today's break from the run of unsettled weather that has affected most of the country is expected to be short-lived, particularly for the north of the North Island.

MetService said rain and strengthening northerlies were expected to spread over northern parts of the North Island tomorrow, with some heavy falls tomorrow night and early Sunday morning.

Areas receiving the most rain were expected to be northern and eastern parts of Northland and Bay of Plenty, from tomorrow afternoon through to Sunday morning, and northern Taranaki, Waikato, Waitomo and northern parts of Taupo from tomorrow evening through to Sunday morning.

"These areas may experience localised heavy falls and squally conditions [with] possible thunderstorms during Saturday evening and early Sunday," MetService said.

A high over the country was moving away to the east and being followed by a low pressure system approaching from the northern Tasman Sea and a series of cold fronts moving in from the southern oceans.