A westerly airflow lies over the North Island on Thursday while a northwesterly airflow lies over the South Island, a front in the Tasman Sea starts to make its presence felt about the southwestern corner of the South Island from afternoon.
For the upper North Island and western regions of the north expect areas of cloud and occasional sun, the odd shower possible too more so in the morning. Westerly winds. The east coast of the North Island is mainly sunny, light northwesterlies for most although afternoon easterlies about coastal Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.
The South Island has cloudy areas in the west, some sun is possible now and then otherwise it’ll be cloudy more often then not. The odd shower possible in the west also, rain moves into Fiordland during the afternoon slowly pushing a little further north later in the evening / overnight.
The east coast has mainly dry weather and mostly sunny conditions, any early morning cloud about Canterbury clears. Southland and Otago start the day mainly sunny then some high cloud builds from midday, a spot of rain possible from late afternoon mainly about Southland. Overnight expect a greater chance of rain for Southland as a southwest change moves in.
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– Aaron Wilkinson, WeatherWatch.co.nz