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Wednesday’s national forecast

An anticyclone sits in the north Tasman Sea today while lows churn away in the Southern Ocean. New Zealand is caught in a westerly airflow in the middle. Expect showers at times in the west while eastern areas stay mainly dry although there could be a sneaky showers or two sneak up the east coast of the South Island afternoon and evening.

Auckland & Northland
Cloudy spells with brisk westerly winds, the odd light shower mainly out west in the early morning then again afternoon.
Highs: 16-17

Bay Of Plenty, Waikato & Central North Island
Cloudy periods with brisk westerly winds, sunny spells to start the day about the Bay Of Plenty. During the
afternoon expect showers which then clear later in the evening, showers staying away from the Bay Of Plenty mostly.
Highs: 13-18

Eastern North Island
Brisk westerly winds, mainly sunny although a period of cloud during the afternoon may deliver a brief shower or two.
Highs: 17-18

Western North Island
Morning rain eases to showers which then clear afternoon, a few sunny spells develop from midday onwards. Brisk westerly winds.
Highs: 14-16

Any early showers clear then expect cloudy and sunny areas with brisk northerlies developing by midday.
Highs: 15-16


Sunny spells and some cloud with westerly winds, perhaps tending northerly for a time in the afternoon.
High: 16
Sunny with some high cloud, high cloud mainly afternoon. Light winds pick up from the northwest afternoon midday.
High: 18


Sunny with some high cloud in the afternoon, light winds may tend northwest after midday. In the evening winds flick round to the south briefly with some cloud then clearing.
Highs: 16-17

West Coast

Cloudy with the odd shower, rain from late afternoon or evening as west to northwest winds increase. Rain eases back to showers around midnight.
High: 13

Coastal Otago

Sunny with light winds after a cool start. Some high cloud develops towards midday. Northwesterlies may pick up for a time early afternoon then mid afternoon a southwest change brings a few showers which clear by evening.
Highs: 16-17

Central Otago

Sunny after a frost start, light winds. Northwesterlies gradually develop during the morning however with some high cloud towards midday. Mid afternoon a southwest change brings a few showers which clear by evening.
High: 12


Sunny with some increasing high cloud and strengthening northwesterly winds, a gusty westerly change around midday brings showers which clear late afternoon. Clear spells in the evening with winds gradually tending northwest again by midnight.
High: 13

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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