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Thursday’s national forecast

A low pressure system to the south of New Zealand and a high to the north are creating a squash zone of isobars today over the country. That means strong winds are on the way, check out where and when in the forecasts below.

Mostly sunny with light winds this morning then afternoon sea
Highs: 23-25

Bay Of Islands

Mostly sunny with light winds this morning then afternoon sea
High: 24-25

Mostly sunny with
light winds this morning then afternoon sea breezes.

High: 24

Central North Island, Lake Taupo, Waikato
& Bay Of Plenty

Mostly sunny with westerly breezes, tending a little more northwest from
evening. The Bay Of Plenty sees afternoon northerly winds.
Highs: 22-25

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny with light winds, afternoon sea breezes for Hawkes Bay and
Gisborne. About the Wairarapa expect northwesterlies for much of the day,
becoming strong in the evening.
Highs: 26-27

Western North Island

Sunny spells with west to northwest breezes, cloud thickens in the evening
or overnight about Taranaki.
Highs: 20-22


Sunny spells with strong northerlies, winds gusting to gale force from
Highs: 19-20

Nelson & Kaiteriteri

Sunny areas and some high cloud, northerly winds become strong overnight
with a spot or two of rain possible.
Highs: 22-23


Sunny with increasing high cloud today, northwesterly winds strong at times
from late afternoon. Chance of gales overnight.
Highs: 24-25


High cloud increasing from this morning, northerly winds strong at times
late afternoon onwards. Overnight rain spreads into the foothills with
thunderstorms possible
Highs: 22-24

West Coast

Cloudy with periods of rain, brisk northerly winds. Rain becomes heavy with
torrential falls possible for Fiordland and South Westland this evening, heavy
areas of rain move into North Westland overnight. Areas of very heavy rain will
contain thunderstorms at times.
High: 18

Coastal Otago

Mostly cloudy with some rain developing this morning, northeasterly winds
increase. Long dry spells in the afternoon then later in the evening a few spits
of rain move in again before clearing overnight. North to northeasterly winds
will be strong at times in the evening.
Highs: 18-19

Central Otago

Morning rain, easing by midday with long dry spells developing. Rain moves
in again during the evening possibly heavy in the west. Gusty northwesterly
winds from midday.
Highs: 17-19


Fairly cloudy with some rain developing this morning then becoming
infrequent with long dry spells in the afternoon. Northerly winds.
High: 18

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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