An anticyclone in the Tasman Sea and a departing low pressure system to the east directs a southwesterly airflow over New Zealand today.
For the upper North Island expect a mix of sun and cloud, winds from the southwest breezy at times. The lower western North Island sees areas of cloud and sun, may be a shower or two also otherwise mainly dry. Winds from the south for most although tending southwest about coastal Taranaki and perhaps the Central North Island. The east coast has cloudy areas and the odd shower, southwesterlies tend more southerly by evening.
Mostly cloudy along the South Island’s east coast, there may be a shower or drizzle patch about with southerly winds. The West Coast and Nelson is mostly sunny with southwesterlies. For Southland and Central Otago expect cloudy areas and occasional sun, there may be a shower at times also (mainly Southland), winds from the southwest.
Temperatures in the low to mid twenties across most of the North Island today, perhaps high twenties for Waikato and Bay Of Plenty. Afternoon high’s in the low to mid twenties for inland Buller and Central Otago, mid to high teens elsewhere.