Weather: High pressure starts to move in

Mangamaunu Bay. Photo: Ineke Chapman

A southerly quarter airflow will begin to ease over New Zealand today, starting with the South Island as high pressure moves in from the Tasman Sea, says a WeatherWatch spokesperson.

For Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty a mix of sun and cloud is expected.

“The odd shower about, southwesterlies tend to the southeast in the afternoon,” says a WeatherWatch spokesperson.

“Late afternoon or evening showers push into Coromandel as a trough moves in, showers push in north of Auckland overnight especially in the east.”

These four regions are forecast to have highs of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Western North Island including Central North Island
A few morning showers clear then sunny spells increase, southeasterly winds die out later.
Highs: 8-15

Eastern North Island
Showers for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, easing from afternoon becoming few and far between. Only the odd shower about Wairarapa, drying out in the afternoon and any remaining showers clear evening. Southwesterly winds.
Highs: 10-13

Mostly cloudy, the odd shower, cold southerly winds.
Highs: 10-11

Marlborough and Nelson
Morning showers and a few light snow flurries to 700m then drying out, remaining mostly cloudy but some sun may start to break through after midday. Southeasterlies.
Highs: 9-12

Morning showers and a few light snow flurries to 500m clear then sunny areas increase, showers may not clear Banks Peninsula till afternoon. Southwesterlies die out by evening.
Highs: 7-11

West Coast
Sunny for Fiordland, further north morning cloud breaks to afternoon sunny areas. North of Greymouth conditions remain mostly cloudy with a few showers. Winds from the southeast, northeasterlies for North Westland.
Highs: 11-14

Southland and Otago
Any morning cloud clears (mainly coastal) then sunny, frosty to start inland. Light winds, southwesterlies for coastal Otago ease and die out later.
Highs: 8-10

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