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Thursday’s national forecast

Ex tropical cyclone Ita sits to the west of the country today, rain heavy in areas sweeps down over the North Island then onto the north and east of the South Island Canterbury northwards this afternoon. Strong northeasterlies gale force for some across the North Island today and for many in the South Island, especially along the West Coast north of Hokitika.

Rain with a few heavy falls and possible thunderstorms clearing this morning and sunny spells breaking through, strong to gale northeasterly winds tend northwest by midday then ease. A few further showers may move in later in
the evening.
Highs: 22-23


Rain with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms, strong to gale
northeasterly winds. Rain clears in the afternoon with winds then easing, a few
sunny spells may even break through.
Highs: 21-22

Bay Of Plenty

Heavy rain and possible thunderstorms with strong east to northeast winds,
gusting to gale force at times. Rain eases in the evening with winds easing then
Highs: 21-22

Waikato & Central North Island

Heavy rain with strong easterly winds, there may be a rumble of thunder
about. Rain eases late afternoon or evening then clears with winds easing.
Highs: 17-20

Eastern North Island

Rain, heavy falls about the Wairarapa then easing overnight and clearing
around dawn on Friday. Brisk easterly winds, strong at times.
Highs: 18-20

Western North Island

Rain with the odd heavy fall south of about Wanganui, strong to gale force
southeasterly winds easing overnight. Heavy rain about Taranaki may be
torrential with thunderstorms then easing away in the evening and clearing, gale
southeasterlies tend easterly in the evening then ease.
Highs: 17-20


Rain with heavy falls possible, strong to gale force southeasterly winds. Rain eases
towards dawn on Friday with winds then backing off also.
High: 15


Rain with heavy falls from midday, gale force southeasterly winds ease
later in the evening with rain backing off after midnight.
High: 16


Rain, heavy falls developing by midday becoming torrential in the
afternoon. Rain finally eases towards dawn on Friday. Expect gale force
southeasterly winds, easing later in the evening.
High: 16


Cloudy with patchy rain becoming heavy during the afternoon. Southeasterly
winds strengthen rising to gale force at times about the coast from afternoon,
especially for North Canterbury.
Highs: 11-12

West Coast

Areas of rain north of Greymouth spreading down to about Haast in the
evening, rain heavy at times in the afternoon north of Greymouth then easing in
the evening. Southeasterlies will be strong for most with gale force winds
likely especially Hokitika northwards where storm force winds are possible.
Highs: 13-14

Coastal Otago

Cloudy with the odd drizzle patch after midday, breezy easterlies become
strong from afternoon. Rain moves in overnight.
High: 11

Central Otago

Cloudy with brisk easterlies, strong at times from afternoon. After midday
there may be a patchy shower or two in the north and east of the district.
High: 9


High cloud with breezy easterly winds becoming strong by midday, some late
evening scattered rain.
High: 13

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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