Friday's national forecast


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A low pressure system west of the South Island brings unsettled weather to the South Island today, a northwesterly airflow over the North Island brings some cloud and the chance of a shower out west, mainly dry conditions in the east.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Plenty of high cloud, some sun breaks through at times. Low risk of a shower otherwise mainly dry, some rain develops in the evening. Northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-20

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly cloudy with occasional showers then some evening rain, north to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-19

Eastern North Island
Plenty of high cloud, some sun may break through at times. Light north to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 20-23

Wellington
The odd shower or drizzle patch then some evening rain, north to northwesterly winds strong at times from afternoon.
High: 15

Marlborough & Nelson
Rain develops in the morning (heavy about Nelson) then easing overnight. North to northwesterly winds become gusty in the afternoon.
Highs: 16-17

Canterbury
Periods of rain with easterly winds, easing in the evening. Rain heavy about the high country.
Highs: 16-17

West Coast
Rain with heavy falls, possibly torrential even then easing at night. Breezy northeasterly winds.
Highs: 14-15

Southland & Otago
Thickening high cloud about Southland with freshening east to northeasterly winds, some patchy rain from late afternoon or evening. Otago has cloudy skies, the odd spit then rain from late afternoon, clearing overnight, breezy easterly winds.
Highs: 11-13

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz