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Friday’s national forecast

A slow moving front moves onto the North Island this morning while a gusty northwesterly airflow lies across the South Island. A small southwest flick may produce some instability about the lower South Island during the afternoon.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Humid with areas of rain or drizzle from morning, rain may be fairly persistent across the day about the Waikato, later in the day / overnight for the Bay Of Plenty. Northerly winds.
Highs: 18-21

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Areas of rain develop in the morning then easing to showers in the afternoon, rain may be persistent about northern Taranaki for a time. Northerlies tend northwest after midday. Winds fairly gusty about coastal Taranaki.
Highs: 17-21

Eastern North Island
Thick high cloud, the odd spot of rain spreads into the Wairarapa in the morning then further north around midday. Drying out for the most part by late afternoon. Northerly winds.
Highs: 21-22

Some patchy rain with gusty northerly winds, strong through Cook Strait.
High: 18

Marlborough & Nelson
Rain, clearing around midday for Marlborough then some sun breaks through in the afternoon. Nelson sees morning rain ease to showers around midday, showers clear late afternoon. Gusty north to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 19-21

Early spots of rain clear then becoming mostly sunny. Northerlies tend breezy northwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 22-26

West Coast
Rain with heavy falls gradually easing during the day, only a shower or two by evening. Breezy northerly winds tend northwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 15-17

Southland & Otago
Early spots of rain clear then mostly sunny with some high cloud, showers develop early afternoon in Southland then late afternoon for Otago as light winds gradually change southwest. Showers may be heavy with a risk of thunder then clearing at night.
Highs: 18-23

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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