Thursday's national forecast

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A low and combined southeasterly airflow brings unsettled weather to the North Island today, calmer for the South Island although areas of cloud persist in the east at times.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Showers and sunny spells, could be a heavy fall or thunderstorm especially about the Waikato in the afternoon. Showers clearing later in the evening or overnight as easterly winds tend southeast.
Highs: 23-24

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Areas of rain, easing from afternoon. Breezy southeasterly winds, strong about coastal areas possibly gusting to gale at times.
Highs: 16-21

Eastern North Island
Rain, heavy at times. Gisborne has a dry morning then rain develops in the afternoon with the odd heavy fall and maybe even a thunderstorm. Fresh southeasterly winds.
Highs: 17-24

Cloudy with the odd shower, strong southeasterly winds gradually ease.
High: 17

Marlborough & Nelson
A few morning showers clear, there may be some afternoon sun break through. Showers or some rain persists about the Sounds for much of the day. Winds from the southeast, strong about the outer Sounds perhaps even gusting to gale force. A light northerly may develop in the afternoon about Nelson.
Highs: 18-22

Cloudy areas, perhaps some sun. Easterly winds.
Highs: 16-18

West Coast
Mostly sunny with southeasterly winds, tending southwest in the afternoon nearer the coast. Chance of an early shower for Buller otherwise mainly dry.
Highs: 20-26

Southland & Otago
Mostly sunny for Southland then west to southwest winds pick up around midday bringing some increasing cloud, chance of an evening shower. Otago sees morning cloud break to sunny spells, later in the evening or overnight south to southwesterly winds freshen bringing a few showers.
Highs: 16-20

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson -