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Friday’s national forecast – Cold fronts moving through

A cold front pushes over the North Island today then another one over the South Island this evening and overnight, expect strong westerly quarter winds today with heavy falls in the west particularly when fronts move through.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A few showers and sunny spells, Bay Of Plenty may have a dry morning. Downpours develop this morning spreading in from the west thanks to a front, rain may be heavy with thunderstorms then easing. Breezy northwesterlies, perhaps strong for a time in the west.
Highs: 15-17

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Rain/downpours develop this morning, a few heavy falls and perhaps thunderstorms then easing to showers in the afternoon. Strong northwesterlies.
Highs: 10-16

Eastern North Island

Morning rain about Wairarapa, there may be a few spits further north around midday as a front passes over otherwise perhaps just some cloud moving through. Mostly sunny otherwise with blustery northwesterlies, strong winds for Wairarapa.
Highs: 14-19


Morning downpours and isolated thunderstorms eases to showers, perhaps some sun may break through. Overnight rain moves back in. Strong to gale northwesterlies, strongest winds will be first thing in the morning then again at night.
High: 14-15

Marlborough & Nelson

Morning rain, clearing to sun by midday, more so for eastern Marlborough. Nelson and the Sounds could continue to see a few showers. Northwesterlies, strong to gale about the Sounds and in Golden Bay. Rain moves back in later in the evening with winds becoming stronger in the above mentioned areas.
Highs: 12-14


Early rain, heavy in the high country then clearing and becoming mostly sunny, northerlies strengthen in the evening with gales possible, heavy rain moving back into the high country and a few falls spreading eastwards, clearing again overnight. Snow to 800m in the high country closer to the Main Divide.
Highs: 10-16

West Coast

Heavy rain first thing then easing to showers, rain develops again in the evening with heavy falls, possible thunderstorms and hail too. Strengthening northerlies from afternoon, gales develop then changing strong to gale westerly later on. Snow to 500m about the ranges of Fiordland at night, 800m further north.
Highs: 7-14

Southland & Otago
Early spots of rain clear then sun breaks through, rain develops again in the evening (heavy about the Lakes District), easing to showers overnight as northerlies change westerly. Snow overnight to 500m for Southland and the western ranges (closer to Fiordland).
Highs: 9-10


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