Wednesday's national forecast


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A low pressure system is centred over the North Island today bringing unsettled weather to most parts of the country, Southland and Fiordland see the best weather.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Showers, especially morning then dry / sunny areas developing from afternoon. West to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 16-18

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
A tightly wound low pressure system sits over this part of the North Island today, winds feed in from the south on the southern side and in from the northwest on the northern side. Expect rain (possibly heavy at times about Taranaki) then easing overnight.
Highs: 12-16

Eastern North Island
Areas of rain or showers, dry spells more frequent about Hawkes Bay and parts of Gisborne may stay dry all day long. Winds mostly from the northerly quarter however feeding in from the southeast about the Wairarapa.
Highs: 14-18

Wellington
Rain with brisk southerly winds, strong at times.
High: 13-14

Marlborough & Nelson
Morning rain eases to the odd shower and long dry spells, Nelson may become mainly dry by afternoon. Southwesterly winds, gusty at first.
Highs: 14-15

Canterbury
Rain, possibly heavy at times mainly Banks Peninsula northwards, patchy drizzle more likely further south. Southwesterly winds, gusty about the Kaikoura coast.
Highs: 8-11

West Coast
Plenty of high cloud, south to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 13-15

Southland & Otago
Morning cloud breaks to sunny areas about Southland and Central Otago, Coastal Otago has a cloudy day with patchy drizzle. East to northeasterly winds.
Highs: 10-11

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz