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Tuesday’s national forecast – Cold front in the south (+8 maps)

A northwesterly airflow lies over the South Island and lower North Island today, moving around a high pressure system centred over the upper North Island. A cold front also moves into the lower South Island this afternoon.

The West Coast and the far south sees some rain today, mainly dry elsewhere. Temperatures in the east will be warmest thanks to a westerly quarter airflow.

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

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Morning cloud breaks to increasing sunny spells, light winds tend to the southwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 18-19

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Partly cloudy skies, Kapiti may see a light shower or two. West to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 13-18

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny, a touch of high cloud, light winds for most but northwesterlies for Wairarapa.
Highs: 18-20


Morning cloud breaks to sunny spells, breezy north to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 16-17

Marlborough & Nelson

Sunny, northwesterlies pick up a little in the afternoon for Marlborough. West to southwesterly breezes for much of the day in Nelson.
Highs: 18-20


Mostly sunny, a touch of high cloud moving in. The Mackenzie Country sees a few spits starting to spread from the west afternoon onwards. Light north to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-21

West Coast

Rain about South Westland spreads into North Westland by midday, rain may be heavy, more so about South Westland. Northwesterlies, changing westerly about Fiordland in the evening. Buller stays dry for much of the day, a chance of morning sun then becoming mostly cloudy.
Highs: 15-16

Southland & Otago
High cloud for Southland, rain develops in the afternoon, clearing evening. Otago has sunny areas and increasing high cloud, expect spits about the lakes district spreading from the west, becoming more persistent around evening and spits may spread into Central Otago for a time. Northwesterlies change to the west about coastal areas from late afternoon.
Highs: 16-20

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