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Friday’s national forecast

A ridge brings sunny weather over the lower South Island today and clearing conditions further north. Meanwhile the North Island still sits under a cold southerly airflow, shower activity still mainly in the east.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Mainly sunny, some morning cloud and a few showers possible for Northland however. South to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 10-12

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

A few showers and snow flurries to 300m south and west of Lake Taupo then clearing in the afternoon with sunny areas developing, expect sunnier weather further north. Gusty south to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 8-11

Eastern North Island

Showers with snow flurries to 200m in the morning then gradually lifting to 400m in the evening. Cold south to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 9-10

Wellington

Cloudy with the odd shower, a few snow flurries to 300m then clearing in the evening. Cold southerly winds.
High: 8

Marlborough & Nelson

Sunny for Nelson, elsewhere expect morning cloud with the chance of a shower or two, showers more likely about southern Marlborough with low level snow flurries. Shower activity clearing around midday then sunny areas increasing. Breezy southerly winds ease later in the day.
Highs: 10-12

Canterbury

Morning showers and snow flurries to 200m clearing for most about North Canterbury with sun then increasing, however the odd shower may linger about Banks Peninsula and coastal areas Amberley northwards till evening. A mainly sunny day elsewhere with heavy frosts inland especially inland South Canterbury to start.
Highs: 6-8

West Coast

Sunny with light winds, a cold start especially inland.
Highs: 8-10

Southland & Otago

Mainly sunny with light winds after any coastal morning cloud clears, frosty morning and night especially inland.
Highs: 5-8

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz

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