Friday's national forecast


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A large anticyclone in the Tasman Sea spreads a ridge over New Zealand today.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Sunny with southerly winds tending southwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 20-23

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly sunny, some cloud at times mainly morning with the risk of a shower. Southwesterly winds die out in the evening.
Highs: 16-20

Eastern North Island
Morning cloud with the risk of a coastal shower then becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon, cool southwesterlies die out in the evening.
Highs: 17-19

Wellington
Morning cloud clears then mostly sunny, southerlies ease dying out by evening.
High: 17

Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny with afternoon north to northeasterly winds.
Highs: 19-23

Canterbury
Mostly sunny with some developing high cloud, light winds tend east to northeasterly in the afternoon.
Highs: 19-23

West Coast
Mostly sunny with some high cloud, afternoon west to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 18-23

Southland & Otago
Mostly sunny with some high cloud, west to northwesterly winds. Winds about coastal Otago are light east to northeast. Hottest afternoon temperatures about Central Otago.
Highs: 19-28

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz