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Friday’s national forecast

A low east of New Zealand directs a southerly quarter airflow over the South Island and lower North Island today. The upper North Island mostly has low pressure which becomes more organised overnight as a low centre moves in from the northwest.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A risk of early fog then cloud builds, showers at times especially from afternoon with a risk of heavy falls. Overnight rain moves into some eastern areas. Light winds.
Highs: 16-17

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Cloudy areas with a few showers possible, more so in the afternoon otherwise mainly dry. Parts of northern Taranaki and the Central North Island sees late afternoon / evening rain. South to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 10-15

Eastern North Island
Early rain about the Wairarapa eases to the odd shower by midday, dry further north with some sun then isolated showers possible from afternoon. Light winds tend south to southwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 13-15

Morning rain then easing, brisk to strong southerly winds.
High: 11

Marlborough & Nelson
Early rain clears then mostly cloudy and dry (some afternoon sun possible for Nelson), a few showers or drizzle patches still possible south of the Wairau Valley however. South to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 13-15

Areas of drizzle, some rain at times from midday. Snow to 500m may lower to 400m overnight. Fresh south to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 7-10

West Coast
High cloud, some sun at times. Southeasterly winds.
Highs: 14-15

Southland & Otago
Cloudy with some drizzle, drier spells developing from afternoon. There may be a light snow flurry or two lowering to 300m late afternoon in the east, any flurries shouldn’t cause any issues. East to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 8-10

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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