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Friday’s national forecast – Nice and settled (+8 maps)

An anticyclone is in control of New Zealand’s weather today bringing settled weather.

Dry weather is expected for all. After a cool start temperatures warm up this afternoon into the mid to late twenties, some coastal spots may not escape the high teens / early twenties.

Winds are generally light with afternoon sea breezes although northerlies through Cook Strait could become a bit breezy, westerlies for Southland are a bit breezy this afternoon too.

Please refer to your local, hourly, 10 day forecast for more details.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Mainly sunny weather, some cloud about Northland (especially in the east) gradually breaks away during the day. Light winds for most, perhaps a sea breeze developing for some in the afternoon.
Highs: 23-26

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Sunny with light winds, tending westerly in the afternoon. A cool start for inland areas.
Highs: 21-26

Eastern North Island

Sunny weather although Gisborne may see some early cloud. Light winds tend onshore in the afternoon. Gisborne sees southerly quarter winds dying out in the evening.
Highs: 22-27


Sunny, a cool start inland but the warmest in the afternoon. Northerly winds, becoming a little breezy through Cook Strait.
High: 20-24

Marlborough & Nelson

Sunny, light winds then afternoon sea breezes.
Highs: 22-28


Mainly sunny, there could be a few scraps of high cloud. Light winds then afternoon east to northeast breezes across the plains. A hot afternoon about some inland areas.
Highs: 24-29

West Coast

Sunny, light winds tend west to southwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 19-26

Southland & Otago
Mostly sunny, there may be a touch of high cloud. West to southwest winds, perhaps a little breezy about coastal Southland in the afternoon. A warm afternoon inland.
Highs: 19-29

4pm MSLP / Rain map Friday 19th February
4pm MSLP / Rain map Saturday 20th February
4pm Temperature map Friday 19th February
7am Temperature map Saturday 20th February
4pm Temperature map Saturday 20th February
7am Temperature map Sunday 21st February
4pm Swell map Friday 19th February
4pm Swell map Saturday 20th February


Phil Clements on 18/02/2021 8:27pm

February air pressure records: – This is a very interesting statistic for February. This is for all February readings – the records are taken from 2007 onwards.Both the high and low pressure February records have been broken this year.

Lowest Pressure (sl) 996.75 hPa at 3:18 a.m. on 16 February 2021
Highest Pressure (sl) 1031.46 hPa at 1:42 a.m. on 19 February 2021

WW Forecast Team on 18/02/2021 9:23pm

Hey Phil, wow that’s really interesting. Where did yo get the figures from? Certainly can believe the high pressure. The high we have now is very powerful for summer!
Phil D

Phil Clements on 18/02/2021 10:30pm

Hi Phil, This is from my weather station Whenuapai weather:

It’s on the monthly records tab.

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