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Friday’s national forecast

Today sees a ridge slowly make some headway over the South Island while strong south to southeasterly winds ease later in the day over the North Island.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Cloudy areas, a few showers push through in the afternoon. Showers more likely out west about Auckland, Northland may see more widespread showers, still more persistent in the west. The Waikato and Bay Of Plenty only see a chance of showers in the afternoon otherwise mainly dry. Gusty southerlies, strong to gale for a time along western coastlines from afternoon then easing later in the evening.
Highs: 11-13

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Morning rain with heavy falls, especially the further east one goes then easing from afternoon to showers. Snow to 700 or perhaps 600m. Gusty southeasterly winds, strong to gale force about the coast then easing from evening.
Highs: 5-12

Eastern North Island
Heavy rain, easing in the evening. Snow sitting above 800m for Hawkes Bay / Gisborne, above 600m for the Wairarapa. Gusty south to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 12

The odd shower with a few snow flurries above 600m, strong southerlies (gale force at times in the morning especially through Cook Strait) ease later in the day.
High: 11

Marlborough & Nelson
Mostly cloudy, chance of a shower otherwise mainly dry. Cloud breaks in the afternoon to some sun about Nelson, later in the day for Marlborough. Strong southeasterly winds (gale about the Marlborough coast) ease later in the day then die out overnight.
Highs: 10-12

Showers and snow flurries to 600m ease becoming few and far between then clearing later in the evening. South to southwesterly winds die away at night. Heavy frosts overnight inland.
Highs: 8-9

West Coast
Mainly sunny with south to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 9-12

Southland & Otago
A mainly sunny day after any morning cloud clears. Any early showers clear about coastal Otago then sunny spells develop in the afternoon. Light east to northeasterly winds, southerlies in the morning for coastal Otago. Heavy frosts develop overnight.
Highs: 6-8

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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