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Big high covering NZ for Friday, slips away this weekend (+3 Maps)

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There's been a lot of sunny weather across large portions of New Zealand but the clouds are coming back in for many over Friday and the weekend. High pressure will still cover the country on Friday but by Saturday it shifts off the South Island and by Sunday it leaves the North Island.


Weather Video: Big high slips away this weekend then windy westerlies

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A big high covers all of New Zealand for today and Friday bringing light winds, mainly clear skies and mild afternoons.

It looks mainly dry for the next couple of days apart from a couple of isolated coastal showers in places like the north eastern North Island or the West Coast - otherwise dry though.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday / Friday

An anticyclone covers most of New Zealand today and on Friday bringing mainly settled weather.

Mainly sunny for the North Island today, some cloud in the east with patchy morning drizzle about Gisborne.


Thursday's national forecast

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An anticyclone covers most of New Zealand today bringing mainly settled weather.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Sunny with light south to southeasterly breezes. Some cloud may brush past exposed eastern areas like Coromandel, Great Barrier Island and eastern Northland.
Highs: 17-19


Calm rest of week but a wetter, windier, weekend (+4 Maps)

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High pressure will gradually become stronger over New Zealand today. Brisk winds of 15-20km/h are expected in some areas of the North Island but it will become calm across the day with light winds everywhere by overnight.

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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday

An anticyclone covers most of New Zealand on Thursday bringing mainly settled weather.

Mainly sunny for the North Island on Thursday, some cloud in the east with patchy morning drizzle about Gisborne.


Weather Video: Big beautiful high promises settled end to week but unsettled weekend

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The next few days will be calm, mainly dry and quite sunny across New Zealand thanks to a large high-pressure system moving in today and not leaving until about Saturday.

The high will eventually be pushed north of New Zealand by Sunday allowing a couple of cold fronts and some windier westerlies to come in.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Wednesday / Thursday

A southeasterly airflow lies over the North Island today while a ridge of high pressure covers the South Island. An anticyclone covers most of New Zealand on Thursday bringing mainly settled weather.


Wednesday's national forecast

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A southeasterly airflow lies over the North Island today while a ridge of high pressure covers the South Island.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Mostly sunny with south to southeasterly winds, Northland may catch a shower or two in the afternoon.
Highs: 18-20


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Wednesday

A southeasterly airflow lies over the North Island on Wednesday while a ridge of high pressure covers the South Island.