Wednesday's national forecast


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A ridge lies over the North Island today meanwhile northwesterlies build further south, a front pushes onto the lower South Island this evening.

North Island
Mostly sunny for the upper North Island, light winds then afternoon sea breezes. Northwesterly winds for the lower western North Island, mostly sunny with some high cloud. Some morning cloud for Wellington through to Gisborne in the east then breaking to sunny areas and some high cloud, northwesterlies for Wellington and afternoon northeasterlies for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. Eastern Bay Of Plenty and East Cape see areas of cloud during the day, perhaps a light shower or two also with northerly winds.

Afternoon temperatures in the mid to late twenties for most.

South Island
Morning cloud in the east breaks to sunny areas and some high cloud, winds from the northwest however tending northeast right along the coastline, northwesterlies push through to the coast by evening. Some high cloud for the West Coast, cloud thickens and lowers from midday then rain moves into South Westland during the afternoon becoming heavy about Fiordland. Showers move into North Westland during the evening. Southland sees high cloud, a few spots of rain late afternoon / evening then around midnight a southwest change moves through bringing a few showers.

Afternoon temperatures in the mid to late twenties from Southland right through to Nelson in the east, high's may even get into the early thirties about inland Canterbury. Temperatures in the low to mid twenties north of Greymouth in the west, high teens or early twenties south of Greymouth in the west.

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