Wednesday's national forecast


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High pressure to the north of New Zealand and a front moving in from the south brings a gusty northwesterly airflow over the country today. This front moves onto the lower South Island early afternoon arriving at the lower North Island overnight.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mostly cloudy morning, perhaps the chance of a light shower then some sun breaks through in the afternoon, especially the further east you go. Any morning cloud breaks away for the Bay Of Plenty then becoming sunny. West to southwesterly winds, perhaps breezy at times in the afternoon.
Highs: 24-27

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly cloudy, the odd shower possible, some overnight rain. West to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 22-24

Eastern North Island
Sunny with northwesterly winds, afternoon east to northeast breezes may develop about coastal Hawkes Bay / Gisborne.
Highs: 26-31

Wellington
Mostly sunny, cloud thickens in the evening with the odd light shower possible. Brisk to strong northwesterly winds.
High: 23

Marlborough & Nelson
Mostly sunny, may be an evening shower mainly about Nelson. Gusty afternoon northwesterly winds.
Highs: 26-30

Canterbury
Mostly sunny with gusty northwesterly winds, a strong evening southwest change brings rain then clearing overnight.
Highs: 26-30

West Coast
Rain, becoming heavy in the afternoon then easing during the evening as northwesterlies change fresh southwest. Showers clear overnight.
Highs: 19-23

Southland & Otago
Some sun then early afternoon a gusty southwest change (strong about the coast) moves into Southland bringing rain, moving into Otago mid to late afternoon. Rain easing to showers in the evening.
Highs: 17-27

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz