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Saturday’s national forecast

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Sunny spells with breezy westerly winds, chance of a shower late afternoon / evening about the Waikato. Cloud thickens overnight for all.
Highs: 18-20
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Becoming mostly cloudy in the morning, chance of a shower or two from afternoon otherwise dry. Later in the evening expect a greater chance of showers then some overnight rain. Brisk to strong WNW winds.
Highs: 15-17
Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny weather with high cloud increasing from afternoon, northwesterly winds gusty at times after midday. Overnight winds change southwest with a few showers.
Highs: 22-23
Sunny spells and increasing cloud, a few showers from afternoon which clear around midnight. Strong northwesterly winds.
High: 16
Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny areas and high cloud, north to northwesterly winds becoming gusty by midday. Chance of a late afternoon or evening shower otherwise dry. High cloud breaks away overnight with winds becoming light.
Highs: 18-21
A sunny morning with north to northwesterly winds (gusty inland) then an early afternoon southerly change brings a few showers which clear in the evening. Showers may be heavy south of Banks Peninsula (mainly nearer the coast) with a low chance of thunderstorms and hail, easing overnight.
High: 20
West Coast
Rain about South Westland spreads into North Westland during the morning, possibly heavy with thunderstorms then easing to showers in the afternoon with a southwest change. Showers mostly clearing in the evening.
Highs: 14-15
Southland & Otago
Early rain eases to showers, some may be heavy at times with small hail. Perhaps even a few snow flurries to 600m later in the day about Southland. Showers clear in the evening for Otago. Brisk to strong westerly winds.
Highs: 12-16

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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