Friday's national forecast

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A large anticyclone is centred to the east of New Zealand today while a northerly airflow flows over the country. Meanwhile a front iles across the far south.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mix of sun and cloud with northeasterly winds, chance of an isolated shower about western Waikato in the afternoon / evening otherwise mainly dry.
Highs: 23-25

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly sunny with light winds in the morning then afternoon sea breezes (coming in from the western quarter). Some cloud may build in the afternoon about some hills and ranges bringing the risk of an isolated shower through till evening.
Highs: 22-27

Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny with east to northeasterly winds.
Highs: 24-27

Sunny spells with breezy north to northwesterly winds.
High: 23

Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny with north to northwesterly winds picking up in the afternoon, overnight high cloud.
Highs: 24-29

Mostly sunny with some late high cloud, a few spots of rain spread into South Canterbury in the evening then further north overnight. Winds tend northwest for most however right along the coastal fringes a sea breeze forms by midday.
Highs: 27-32

West Coast
Mostly cloudy with a few showers then turning to rain in the afternoon with a few heavy falls possible. Areas of rain / showers more persistent Hokitika southwards, Greymouth is a bit of a transition area then further north into Buller conditions remain dry for much of the day with sunny areas and some high cloud. Northerly winds.
Highs: 21-26

Southland & Otago
Sunny areas and thickening high cloud, a few spots of rain in the afternoon / evening. Northerly winds, tending more northeast about the Otago coast.
Highs: 24-26

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson -