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Saturday’s national forecast

A potent area of low pressure is expected to cross the upper North Island today.  This will set the stage for a risk of thunderstorms across the far upper NI this morning.  The main risk for thunderstorms will then shift to the eastern side of the upper North Island for this afternoon and tonight.

Upper North Island-

Showers likely.  A few thunderstorms are also possible.  Some of the storms could produce heavy rain, strong winds and hail.  The greatest risk for strong to severe thunderstorms will be about Northland during the morning and then the Coromandel Peninsula and western Bay of Plenty this afternoon and tonight.

Highs: 18-22

Lower North Island-

A few showers possible about Gisborne in the morning.  Taranaki and Southern Waikato could see showers in the afternoon and evening.  All other areas are likely to remain mostly cloudy, but fairly dry with just a low risk for some light showers.

Highs 18-22

Upper South Island-

A mix of sun and clouds with increasing northerlies.  A few showers are possible along the western sections.

Highs 16-20

Lower South Island-

Clouds with showers likely in the west, some could be moderate to heavy late in the day.  Sunny with some clouds in the east.

Highs 14-18


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