Friday's national forecast


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A large anticyclone covers New Zealand today.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Mostly sunny, some high cloud, may be a morning mist / fog patch then clearing. Light winds then afternoon sea breezes.
Highs: 24-30

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly sunny, some high cloud. Southeasterly winds, afternoon westerlies for Taranaki.
Highs: 22-27

Eastern North Island
Areas of cloud and occasional sunny spells, Gisborne has sunnier skies. Light southwest winds tend southeast by midday.
Highs: 21-24

Wellington
Mostly sunny, there may be some cloud at times. Southeasterly winds.
High: 20

Marlborough & Nelson
Cloudy areas and occasional sunny spells, east to southeasterly winds. Winds tend northerly in the afternoon for Nelson.
Highs: 20-23

Canterbury
Mostly cloudy, the odd drizzle patch possible mainly morning. Southeasterly winds tend easterly by midday.
Highs: 14-16

West Coast
Cloudy periods, light winds tend onshore in the afternoon. Chance of the odd spit or shower otherwise mainly dry.
Highs: 20-25

Southland & Otago
Morning cloud breaks to sunny areas in the afternoon, skies near coastal Otago may stay mostly cloudy all day but there is still the chance of some afternoon sun there. Light southeasterly winds.
Highs: 14-23

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz