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Friday’s national forecast

A front moves off to the northeast of the North Island today meanwhile a low moves onto the South Island drawing in cold southerlies later in the day.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Cloudy with rain developing, possibly a little heavy for a time. Might be an isolated thunderstorm. Conditions ease later for a time but rain and cold southerlies return again at night or overnight.
Highs: 14-17

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Rain at times with heavy falls. Perhaps an isolated thunderstorm. Rain eases to showers later but returns at night as the main southerly comes in. Hail possible then too. Snow in Central Plateau at night may affect highways.
Highs: 12-15

Eastern North Island
NW winds and a period of rain during the day.
Highs: 14-19

Might be some very early rain otherwise a mainly dry day and fairly cloudy. NW winds fade. A wintry southerly change arrives overnight.
High: 15

Marlborough & Nelson
Early rain or showers clearing then sunny spells increasing. NW winds fade out. Cold Southerlies kick in overnight.
Highs: 15-16

Colder with a mix of sun and cloud. A shower is possible. Southerlies by night.
Highs: 12-14

West Coast
Rain easing by afternoon and skies clearing. Cold southerlies. Heavy snow in the mountains continues but eases later also.
Highs: 9-10

Southland & Otago
Wintry showers with snow flurries on the ranges and possible in Queenstown itself. Becoming colder at night with snow levels lowering to maybe 300m for a time affecting more farms.
Highs: 6-8

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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