Sunny for many heading into the weekend on Friday

We're still under that large anticyclone that came in from the Tasman Sea and settled everything right down - meaning more sun for most on Friday....most but not all.

There will be morning cloud in some places - though this should break away into a sunny afternoon for almost the whole country.  Some coastal areas - like Auckland - may again see some anticyclonic gloom.

A change in the winds - Thursday's Weather Video

We saw some fog patches in some parts of the country on Wednesday, a sign of a slow moving high pressure system and clear skies over the country right now.

That high remains in control heading into the weekend, though there is a change brewing with the weekend set to bring some wet and windy weather.

Signs of El Nino system detected with some time to go

A growing El Nino in the Pacific Ocean looks set to bring dry "spring-like" conditions to New Zealand until early next year - but there is no way of knowing the extent of its impact this far out, forecasters say.

WeatherWatch head analyst Philip Duncan said meteorologists were starting to see evidence of the El Nino weather system globally.

Cool and clear - Thursday's #WeatherRisks and your main centre outlook

After a cool and settled Wednesday, the large anticyclone sitting over the country will continue to dominate our weather, with more of the same on the way on Thursday.

There may be a few light frosts around this morning in sheltered inland parts of both islands, though nothing like the record lows we saw in June!

Thursday shaping up sunny for most - wet for a few

The large system of high pressure which has been keeping conditions calm around New Zealand through Wednesday is sticking around - with more settled, clear weather to come on Thursday in most places, north and south.

The anticyclonic conditions bring a northwesterly windflow to the South Island during the day, though associated winds shouldn't gust too strongly.

Unsettled weekend on the way

New Zealand has a big high over the country right now bringing clearer skies, sunnier weather and lighter winds to most places.

However the weekend isn't looking quite so settled – with the high slowly departing out to the east and a strong nor'west flow building right over New Zealand.

Wanganui flood claims 'may top $28m'

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The numbers have not been crunched yet but insurance experts are anticipating the Wanganui floods will cost insurers plenty.

The Insurance Council of New Zealand has signalled damage from the weather bomb that hit the district on June 20-21 will far outstrip the $28 million that floods in the Dunedin area cost insurers.

The high takes hold - Wednesday's #WeatherRisks & main centre outlook

It's looking cool, calm and collected around the country for Wednesday - with a chilly start greeting many in inland parts this morning, before clear and settled weather sets in for the next couple of days.

There aren't any serious risks around, and nothing like what we had a couple of weeks back for the South Island - frost wise.

Fine, calm and settled for most on Wednesday

A large, slow moving high pressure system is set to push everything else out of the way for the rest of the week - meaning calm and settled weather for most - starting on Wednesday.

A ridge spreads out over the South Island ahead of the system, while a southerly airflow in the North Island then eases during the day, ahead of the ridge reaching the northern half of NZ

A high rolling in - finally! Tuesday's Weather Video

A big high pressure system is heading our way, which will start to influence our weather for the rest of this week - after a wet and windy July so far.

A few showers are sticking around for some however, as the departing southwesterly airflow leaves a sting in its tail and a few places in the southwest corner of the South Island look wet too - but overall it's looking fine.