A large high is slowly moving towards New Zealand – but it has at least another day or two before the more positive effects start to sink in.
A low is currently clearing the North Island with associated fronts so any wet weather will clear as the day goes on.
Between the departing low to the east and the incoming high to the west we have a one to two day transition period.
For some areas wind will be the main factor over the next 24 to 48 hours – gales in coastal areas to the west and south are likely with the strongest winds around Stewart Island and Southland – severe gale is a possibility but currently not expected.
Eastern areas will benefit from the strong south west flow with fairly clear skies and temperatures slowly surging back up over Friday.
Not all areas will get the blustery winds – likely top contenders in the main centres will be Auckland, New Plymouth, Invercargill and Dunedin.
By the weekend lighter winds will spread further with Sunday looking likely to be the most settled of the next few days ahead.
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