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Friday’s national forecast

A ridge pushes onto the South Island today with cold southerly quarter winds easing. The North Island has a wet day in the east, the odd shower out west in a southerly airflow.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Mostly sunny, any early showers clear Auckland. The odd shower for Northland clears around midday then sunny areas increase. There may be an isolated shower from mid to late afternoon, possibly heavy with hail / thunder then clearing later on. Heavy showers if they do occur will likely be about western Waikato, western Bay Of Plenty and western Auckland / Coromandel. Southwesterlies tend to the south during the morning.
Highs: 15-16

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Occasional showers, perhaps an isolated heavy fall in the afternoon with some small hail then easing and clearing in the evening. Snow to 600m. Sun breaks through at times near the western coastline from afternoon. Breezy south to southeasterly winds, strong about the coast, easing later in the day.
Highs: 10-13

Eastern North Island

Showers, picking up from afternoon with a chance of heavy falls and small hail then easing overnight. Snow flurries to 600m. South to southwesterly winds, fresh about the coast.
Highs: 12-13


Occasional showers, possibly heavy with small hail then clearing in the evening. Snow flurries to 500m. Fresh cold southerlies.
High: 10

Marlborough & Nelson

Nelson is mostly sunny, any morning showers clear Marlborough then mostly sunny there. Southerlies die out overnight.
Highs: 13-15


Showers ease, clearing in the afternoon. Snow flurries to 400m. Sun breaks through at times from midday. Cold southwesterlies die out in the evening.
Highs: 8-10

West Coast

Sunny, light southeasterly winds.
Highs: 12-14

Southland & Otago
Morning cloud, risk of a shower then breaking to mostly sunny weather in the afternoon. Southwesterlies die out around midday, northeasterlies by evening about coastal Otago.
Highs: 10-11

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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