Thursday's national forecast
Upper North Island
After any morning cloud clears it's a mainly sunny day with northwesterly winds, warm to hot afternoon temperatures. Overnight a few showers move into the Waikato.
Lower North Island
Mostly cloudy in the west, chance of a light shower or two with breezy northwesterlies. In the evening some rain moves in then clearing overnight. Mainly sunny for the east coast, some high cloud later in the day. A few spots of rain move into the Wairarapa in the evening then further northwards overnight. Winds becoming gusty from the northwest midday onwards, a hot afternoon out east.
Upper South Island
Rain for North Westland eases during the afternoon to showers as northwesterly winds change southwest. Further south early morning rain eases to showers, some of which may become heavy from midday onwards about Fiordland with thunderstorms and hail. The east coast sees brisk to strong northwesterly winds, thick high cloud also. A few spots of rain are possible about Canterbury in the morning then Marlborough in the afternoon then once rain clears some sun breaks through.
Lower South Island
Southland sees showers develop during the morning, some may be heavy at times with a risk of thunderstorms and hail from afternoon. Otago sees cloudy areas, chance of a few showers developing during the morning more so about Central Otago. Coastal Otago may stay fairly dry for much of the day although the odd shower is possible. Winds brisk from the west, strong about coastal areas especially coastal Southland and the Catlins.