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Friday’s national forecast

Upper North Island

Mostly cloudy skies with showers possibly heavy for a time in the afternoon about Auckland and Waikato, Waikato may get some hail. Winds gusty from the west. Eastern Northland may remain dry for most of the day being more sheltered from the west.
HIGHS: 17-19, 24 in Gisborne

Lower North Island

Cloudy with showers and gusty westerlies, winds could be gale force about Kapiti. Showers, heavy and thundery with hail between Taranaki and Kapiti in the afternoon then easing in the evening. Gusty northwesterlies with sunny areas and some cloud on the east coast, winds gale force about Wairarapa. Southwesterlies freshen at night about Wairarapa bringing rain. Gale force northwesterly winds in Wellington with early rain clearing and some sun breaking through. In the evening strong to gale southerly winds develop with rain a possibly a brief thunderstorm.
HIGHS: 16-17 in the west and about Wellington. 23-24 about Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay.

Upper South Island

Strong northwesterlies with the odd morning shower in Nelson. Sunny breaks quickly develop by midday with winds easing, in the evening another brief period of showers may move through. Rain, heavy at times on the West Coast with breezy westerlies. Rain eases in the afternoon then clears in the evening as winds change more southerly. Mostly dry with a few areas of sun in the morning in Marlborough and breezy northwesterlies gale force about the Sounds. Southwesterlies pick up about Canterbury after midday possibly gale force near the coast bringing rain. Showers spread into Marlborough mainly near the coast mid afternoon with a chance of thunder.
HIGHS: 16 on the West Coast and in Canterbury, 18-20 in Nelson, 23-24 in Marlborough.

Lower South Island

Showers with brisk southerly winds gale force about the Otago coastline in the afternoon. Showers ease in the evening then clearing at night.
HIGHS: 14-15


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