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The sun was shining over much of the country today although some showers hung around up north, not giving Aucklanders the dry Saturday that many had hoped for. Temperatures were a tad on the cool side and were slightly below average for much of the country.


Kaitaia was the top achiever today with 18 degrees.The Bay of Islands, New Plymouth, Wanganui and Alexandra all shared 16 degrees (an impressive climb for the Central Otago town, after such a chilly start to the day).


It seems to be a repeat performance for Canterbury, but again the national low was recorded there. Darfield, under sunny skies but with a brisk easterly, registered 9 degrees and 10s was a theme achieved over most other parts of the province.


Auckland with a few showers topped just 14 degrees, Hamilton hit 13, Wellington made 12, Christchurch on 10 and Dunedin was the warmest main centre with 15 degrees.


The frosty air should return tonight especially in inland areas of the mainland. Some showers around parts of the North Island on a Nor’ east breeze towards the top half, should keep the mercury a little above average in some cases.

Coldest tonight: Wanaka and Queenstown with zero.

Mild tonight: Kaitaia, Bay of Islands, Dargaville and Whangarei with 10

Tomorrow, central and southern parts of the nation should see the most sunshine with still a few pesky showers persisting up north but also conditions starting to take a dive along the South Islands West Coast, with a system moving in from the Tasman Sea.

Warmest tomorrow: The Far North yet again but Canterbury and Central Otago may be in the mid to high teens as well.

Coolest tomorrow: Milford Sound, Greymouth and Hokitika with some rain moving in throughout the day.

Weather Analyst Richard Green

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