Thursday's national forecast
High pressure will slowly work its way across the northern tip of the country today. That will help to keep most of New Zealand dry and settled as we start the final week of autumn.
The entire North Island is looking pleasant today, despite another rather frosty start. Plenty of sunshine is expected. Afternoon highs will push into the mid and upper teens.
The South Island is a bit of a different story.
Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury should all be dry and fairly sunny. But the West Coast, Southland and Otago will not only be cloudier, but also potentially wetter. Showers could push into these areas as we go throughout the day. The best chance appears to be later this afternoon and into this evening. But Southland locations run a risk for showers all day long.
Highs across the South Island will range from the lower to the middle teens.
By WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph