Thursday's national forecast


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Northwesterlies strengthen today with a cold front pushing onto the lower South Island this evening.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Sunny areas and some cloud, light west to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 21-23

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly cloudy with the chance of a shower or two, west to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 19-21

Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny with some high cloud, northwesterly winds for most. Afternoon northeasterlies about Hawkes Bay.
Highs: 22-25

Wellington
Mostly cloudy with gusty northwesterly winds.
High: 20

Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny areas and some high cloud, a few spots of rain possible in the evening. North to northwesterly winds increase in the afternoon.
Highs: 22-25

Canterbury
Sunny areas and some high cloud, northwesterly winds increase becoming gusty about inland areas from afternoon. Overnight northwesterlies becoming strong about the high country with a risk of gales.
Highs: 22-25

West Coast
Mostly cloudy with the odd shower, rain about Fiordland with heavy falls and possible thunderstorm from afternoon then spreading northwards in the evening / overnight. Freshening northwesterly winds change gusty southwest overnight.
Highs: 15-19

Southland & Otago
Mostly cloudy about Southland, a few showers from afternoon then evening rain with the chance of a heavy fall / thunderstorm as northwesterly winds change strong westerly. Otago has some high cloud with the odd spot of rain possible, later in the evening / overnight showers move in with a gusty west to southwest change.
Highs: 20-23

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz