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Thursday's national forecast

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A westerly quarter airflow lies over New Zealand today, a front passes off to the east of the South Island during the morning and another moves northwards over the North Island during the day.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday

A westerly quarter airflow lies over New Zealand on Thursday, a front passes off to the east of the South Island during the morning and another moves northwards over the North Island during the day.


Winter? It may feel more like spring already especially as westerlies soon kick in (+4 Maps)

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We're smack bang in the middle of winter and yet we're in a warmer than usual phase with mild westerlies about to kick in. We're not talking tropical heat or anything like that, but we are talking about temperatures above average either by day or by night, or for some regions both day and night.


Weather Video: Westerlies about to kick in as big lows form near NZ

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A frosty start to Wednesday in some inland areas but a milder westerly wind flow is about to kick in, lifting overnight lows by several degrees for some areas that have been frosty in recent mornings.

This new airflow kicks in at the coldest point of the year and may help keep winter 2018 warmer than average overall.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Wednesday / Thursday

A ridge lies over New Zealand today with high pressure centred to the north and south of the country. A westerly quarter airflow lies over New Zealand on Thursday, a front passes off to the east of the South Island during the morning and another moves northwards over the North Island during the day.


Wednesday's national forecast

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A ridge lies over New Zealand today with high pressure centred to the north and south of the country.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Wednesday

A ridge lies over New Zealand on Wednesday with high pressure centred to the north and south of the country.

Another mainly dry morning for the North Island on Wednesday, perhaps some fog to start the day then an isolated shower or two may crop up in the afternoon (mainly in the west).


Weather Video: Milder weather returning but so too is another wet/windy weekend

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It’s a bit cold around the country at the moment but a slightly warmer westerly flow arrives later on Thursday, and by Friday and the weekend, winds swing back to milder north to north west.


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Tuesday / Wednesday

Southerlies continue over the South Island today although they will ease, a slack pressure gradient over the North Island may produce some morning fog. A ridge lies over New Zealand on Wednesday with high pressure centred to the north and south of the country.


Tuesday's national forecast

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Southerlies continue over the South Island today although they will ease, a slack pressure gradient over the North Island may produce some morning fog.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty