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Thursday’s national forecast

A front sweeps up over the country today, western regions will see rain or showers while out east only the odd brief shower is possible as the front passes. Snow lowers to near sea level about Southland overnight.

Auckland & Northland
Cloudy periods, chance of a light shower otherwise dry. Northwesterlies freshen from afternoon. In the evening a few showers move in.
High: 16

Bay Of Plenty

Cloudy periods, westerlies tend northwest in the
afternoon then increase. Later in the evening a few showers develop.
High: 15

Waikato & Central North Island

Mostly cloudy, west to northwest winds increase. A
few showers develop late afternoon, winds change westerly later in the
Highs: 12-14

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny with northwesterlies freshening from afternoon, some high
cloud mainly late afternoon / evening.
Highs: 16-17


Cloudy with brisk to strong northwesterlies, showers from late afternoon.
Winds change brisk westerly in the evening.
Highs: 13-14

Western North Island

Mostly cloudy with the odd shower from afternoon, brisk
High: 14


Mostly cloudy with strong northwesterlies, gusting to gale force at times
from late morning. Late afternoon / early evening a few showers move through
then clearing with winds tending a little more westerly.
High: 13


Mostly cloudy, occasional showers from midday then clearing in the evening
as gusty northwesterlies tend westerly.
High: 14


High cloud thickens in the morning, strengthening northwesterly winds. A
few brief spots of rain possible in the evening then clearing as winds tend
High: 16-17


Strengthening northwesterly winds with thick high cloud, late afternoon
winds change westerly bringing the chance of a few brief showers then clearing.
Around dawn on Friday southwesterlies freshen bringing wintry showers and some
snow to 400m.
High: 16

West Coast

Rain, easing to showers during the morning about South Westland then
further north late afternoon as gusty northwesterlies change westerly. Winds
tend more southwest overnight.
High: 12

Coastal Otago

High cloud with northwesterly winds, a brisk westerly change around midday
brings a period of rain, easing then clearing by evening. Overnight winds tend
more southwest with showers moving in again and some snow lowers to near sea
High: 12

Central Otago

Rain, mainly in the west and dry out east with high cloud. In the afternoon
northwesterly winds change brisk westerly with showers for most and a risk of
hail. Snow to 800m in the afternoon lowers to low levels overnight.
Highs: 7-8


Rain develops in the morning with northwesterlies changing brisk westerly.
Rain eases to showers / hail in the afternoon, winds tend more southwest
overnight. Expect snow to 800m first in the morning then lowering to near sea
level overnight.
High: 9

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


Blake on 6/08/2014 6:25pm

very severe gales in Southland at the moment, heavy rain too. not looking forward to seeing the damage at daylight, cant say i have ever experienced this strong a wind for such a sustained period. It’s a miracle we still have power at this stagw

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