Mainly anticyclonic today with a large high centre to the west in the Tasman Sea and another smaller one to the east, in the middle a weak and narrow area of lower pressure covers New Zealand.
Mostly sunny for the upper North Island today, winds from the southwest. East of about Waikato skies are a bit cloudier, there may be the odd isolated shower also especially late afternoon / evening for Bay Of Plenty and the ranges of Gisborne / Hawkes Bay. Some showers could turn heavy with some thunder then easing later on.
Morning cloud for the lower western North Island breaks to sun this afternoon, winds from the west. Afternoon high’s in the low to mid twenties, the coolest areas being along the east coast, the warmest about Waikato and Northland.
Mostly sunny along the West Coast and about Southland / Otago, some cloud a little more frequent about coastal fringes. Morning cloud and the risk of a drizzle patch elsewhere then breaking to sun this afternoon. About the ranges of North Otago and inland Canterbury isolated showers may develop late afternoon / evening, a chance one or two may be heavy then clearing later on. Winds are light this morning then tending southwest this afternoon along the West Coast, east to northeast for the east coast.
Afternoon temperatures in the high teens for most, perhaps reaching into the early twenties for some parts of Central Otago, Canterbury, Nelson / Marlborough and inland Buller.