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Friday’s national forecast

A low sits over the upper North Island today while a southeasterly airflow lies over the rest of the country. Showers activity for the east of the South Island while the west is dry. Showers for most parts of the North Island, a few heavy falls in the east.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Showers with west to northwesterly winds, sunny spells at times. Showers about the Waikato and southern Auckland may become heavy in the afternoon with a risk of small hail.
Highs: 13-15

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Rain, Taranaki and perhaps parts of the Central North Island may start of the day dry then rain moves in by midday. Southeasterly winds gusty for some then becoming strong overnight. Snow for the Central Plateau sticking above 700m.
Highs: 5-11

Eastern North Island

Rain, becoming heavy in the evening for some then more widespread heavy falls overnight. Snow to 500m about Wairarapa, 700m for Hawkes Bay, snow above 800m for the ranges of Gisborne. Southeasterly winds breezy from afternoon then strong overnight.
Highs: 9-12


Showers with snow flurries to 400m, perhaps briefly lowering to 300m for a time in the evening. Winds breezy and cold from the southeast.
Highs: 7-8

Marlborough & Nelson

A few showers, picking up a little from afternoon as southeasterly winds freshen. Snow flurries to 300m. Nelson is drier with sunny spells at times, only the risk of a shower now and then.
Highs: 8-10


Cloudy or becoming cloudy early in the morning, the odd shower picking up a little from midday with snow flurries to low levels (200 to 100m). A chance of near sea level snow flurries, mainly overnight. Any snow will only be minimal will small to no accumulations occurring.
Highs: 3-7

West Coast
Mainly sunny weather with breezy southeasterly winds.
Highs: 7-9

Southland & Otago

Cloudy areas and the odd shower, many dry spells also. With any shower activity brings the chance of a few snow flurries to 100m, any accumulations will be very small if not non existent. Coastal Otago has a greater chance of showers / snow flurries to 100m with dry areas not as frequent.
Highs: 4-7

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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