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Friday’s national forecast

Strong west to southwest winds develop over the country today bringing showers for many regions and falling temperatures. Some snow is possible in the far south of the country and even the risk of a thunderstorm about Canterbury this afternoon / evening.

Auckland & Northland
Freshening northwesterlies with cloudy periods, the odd shower possible. Winds change strong westerly early afternoon bringing a period of rain then easing back to a few showers by late afternoon.
Highs: 16-17

Bay Of Plenty

Periods of cloud and freshening northwesterly winds, a gusty westerly
change early afternoon brings a period of rain which clears by evening.
High: 16

Waikato & Central North Island

Mostly cloudy with freshening northwesterlies, showers towards midday. Some
afternoon rain with a gusty westerly change then easing back to the odd shower
by evening. Some snow for the Central Plateau down to 900m around midday then
lowering to 600m by late afternoon then easing.
Highs: 12-15

Eastern North Island

Early high cloud clears to mostly sunny weather, gusty northwesterly winds.
Mid to late afternoon a strong westerly change moves through bringing a spell of
rain which clears in the evening.
High: 19

Western North Island

Northwesterlies freshen from early morning, mostly cloudy with the odd
shower then rain towards midday. Winds change gusty westerly mid afternoon with
rain easing back to showers by evening.
High: 13


Strong to gale northwesterlies with rain in the morning, rain clears early
afternoon as winds change strong westerly. Skies mostly cloudy for the rest of
the day.
High: 12-13


Cloudy in the morning with some rain and gusty northwesterlies, winds
change strong westerly around midday with rain clearing then a few sunny areas
breaking through. Still plenty of cloud about however.
High: 12


Periods of cloud with gusty northwesterlies changing strong westerly around
midday, expect a few showers now and then especially around the time of the
change. Long dry spells and a few sunny areas likely at times to.
High: 13


Winds change gusty southwest early on bringing some rain and a burst of
snow to 600m in the morning then clearing by midday, a few sunny areas then
develop and winds ease. Late afternoon or evening showers (with snow to 600m
again) move in possibly heavy with thunderstorms and hail before clearing
overnight. Parts of North Canterbury north of about Waipara may remain fairly
High: 13

West Coast

Rain eases to the odd shower in the morning, showers more restricted to the
coastal fringes with areas just inland experiencing long dry spells and perhaps
even sunny breaks. Showers more frequent however for most parts Greymouth
northwards. Where rain or showers fall expect snow to 700m in the morning
lowering to 400m at night. Winds brisk and cold from the southwest.
Highs: 8-10

Coastal Otago

Early rain clearing then expect sunny spells with cold west to southwest
winds. A few showers again from afternoon especially Otago Peninsula southwards.
Small hail possible too with any showers and expect snow flurries to 400m
lowering to 300m overnight.
Highs: 10-11

Central Otago

Early rain eases to showers which may still be heavy at times during the
day, fairly cloudy with strong cold west to southwest winds. Chance of some
small hail, snow to 500m lowering to 400m overnight.
High: 6


Early rain eases to showers which may still be heavy at times during the
day, fairly cloudy with strong cold west to southwest winds. Chance of a
thunderstorm or two and small hail, snow to 400m lowering to 300m
High: 8

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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