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Friday’s national forecast – Ridge is weakening (+8 maps)

A ridge of high pressure still lies over the country today but it is weakening with a more apparent northeasterly airflow moving in.

Most regions are dry but there could be a shower or two for the northeastern North Island, also for the West Coast of the South Island.

Temperatures for eastern regions will noticeably be a bit warmer today getting into the mid twenties. Winds are moderate from the north or northeast for most.

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

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mix of sun and cloud, chance of a shower or two, mainly about Coromandel through to eastern Northland. Northeasterly winds.
Highs: 22-26

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
A chance of some fog first, mainly about inland areas, sunny otherwise. Light winds tend to the north or northwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 19-23


Sunny, northerlies pick up in the afternoon.
Highs: 20-23

Marlborough & Nelson

Sunny, northwesterlies pick up in the afternoon. Northerlies for Nelson.
Highs: 20-25


Some morning cloud then sunny, northeasterlies near the coast, winds tend northwest inland. Northwesterlies may break through to the coast in the afternoon or perhaps more towards evening.
Highs: 23-26

West Coast

Partly cloudy, skies a bit cloudier down towards Fiordland where there will be a few showers then some overnight rain. Cloud thickens further north in the evening. Northeasterly winds.
Highs: 19-23

Southland & Otago
Sunny areas and increasing high cloud, some morning mid level cloud about coastal Otago breaks away. Light northerlies for most but northeasterlies for coastal Otago.
Highs: 23-25

Swell map – Friday 26th March 4:00pm –
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