Weather: Nice weekend on the way for most of the country

Fair, dry weather is forecast for most of the country heading into the weekend, but there could be rain for some.

MetService predicted sunshine for major centers after a cold front swept across the South Island on Thursday, bringing with it snow and high winds for parts of the South Island.

Calm weather is also forecast for the North Island over the weekend, but temperatures could drop in places Friday evening, MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris said.

Auckland could have a few isolated showers on a mostly sunny day. So if you’re a rugby fan heading to Eden Park on Saturday for the All Blacks v Ireland game, check ahead for the latest weather forecast.

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After a cloudy morning on Friday, Wellington should enjoy fine weather with some northerly winds on Saturday and Sunday.

Much of the country will see sunshine this weekend.

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Much of the country will see sunshine this weekend.

Christchurch should expect fair weather and wind for the weekend after a cold front descended on the South Island on Thursday, with snow on the Banks Peninsula overnight.

Metservice forecast rain for Northland on Saturday. Isolated showers are also expected in Taranaki, Manawatū and Kapiti.

Sunday would see most of the light rain, with some showers north of Manawatū.

Snow dusted the peaks of Te Ahu Pātiki (Mt Herbert) and Mt Bradley on the morning of July 1.

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Snow dusted the peaks of Te Ahu Pātiki (Mt Herbert) and Mt Bradley on the morning of July 1.

Showers are expected in the western South Island but would be mostly clear on Monday.

Gale westerlies were forecast for the extreme south and Stewart Island on Saturday and Sunday.