Wednesday's national forecast


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A ridge of high pressure brings mainly settled weather to the North Island today. A front extending out from a low in the Tasman Sea brings wet weather to the South Islands West Coast, mainly dry with high cloud out east.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
High cloud, some mid level cloud and sunny areas also. Light winds tend north to northeast in the afternoon.
Highs: 18-21

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Some morning cloud then mostly sunny with some high cloud, northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-21

Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny with some high cloud, winds from the north, tending northeast in the afternoon about coastal Hawkes Bay.
Highs: 20-24

Wellington
Morning mid level cloud breaks to high cloud, some sun possible at times from afternoon. Breezy north to northwesterly winds.
High: 16

Marlborough & Nelson
Morning mid level cloud breaks to high cloud, some sun possible at times from afternoon. North to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 18-21

Canterbury
High cloud, may be a few spots of rain (mainly about inland areas) otherwise mainly dry. North to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 18-22

West Coast
Rain with heavy falls, north to northeasterly winds.
Highs: 13-15

Southland & Otago
Cloudy with the odd shower then afternoon rain, light winds from the east or southeasterly winds.
Highs: 10-15

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz