A high pressure system lies to the north today and approaching from the south is a cold front, in between we have a very warm westerly quarter airflow over the country.
Most places around the country will be dry today apart from South Westland, expect showers then heavy rain moving in from afternoon. Showers move into Southland and Otago late afternoon / evening.
Most of the country can expect warm temperatures, hot in the east especially for the eastern North Island. The West Coast south of Hokitika experiences the coolest highs.
Winds are moderate for most however through the Southern Alps, Cook Strait plus coastal parts of the lower South Island winds may be gusty or strong at times.
Please refer to your local, hourly, 10 day forecast for more details.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Morning cloud then mostly sunny, southwesterly winds apart from Northland and Bay Of Plenty which see sea breezes.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Any morning cloud clears then mostly sunny, some high cloud later in the day. West to northwesterly winds.
Eastern North Island
Sunny and hot, afternoon east to northeast winds about coastal Hawkes Bay / Gisborne. Northwesterlies inland and about the Wairarapa.
Some morning cloud then mostly sunny, a touch of high cloud later in the day. Gusty northerlies.
Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny and hot (especially about Marlborough), some high cloud later in the day. North to northwesterly winds.
Mostly sunny with increasing high cloud, northwesterlies become gusty in the afternoon. Early Thursday morning cooler southwesterlies push through with showers.
Mostly sunny north of about Greymouth with some developing high cloud, cloudier skies further south with showers for Fiordland. Heavy rain moves into Fiordland during the afternoon then slowly pushes northwards in the evening. Northwesterlies.
Southland & Otago
High cloud, perhaps some sun. Late afternoon northwesterlies change southwest about Southland bringing showers. Rain spills over into the Southern Lakes district from the west afternoon onwards then later in the evening or overnight southwesterlies push through Otago bringing showers.