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Thursday’s national forecast

A front races north over the country today and with it comes strong winds and cold temperatures.

Auckland & Northland
Early rain eases to the odd shower, strong blustery southwest winds. Showers picking up in intensity for a time in the evening. Skies fairly cloudy during the day however sunny spells will break through at times. Eastern parts of Northland may remain fairly dry during the day.
Highs: 13-14

Bay Of Plenty

Early showers clear to mostly sunny weather, cloud thickens again in the
evening for a time with the chance of a shower. Brisk to strong southwesterly
High: 13

Waikato & Central North Island

Any early showers clear then cloud breaking to sunny spells, southwesterly
winds. Late afternoon / evening west to southwesterly winds freshen bringing a
period of showers which clears by midnight. Some snow about the Central Plateau
to 800m late afternoon then lowering to 400m by midnight before clearing.
Highs: 10-12

Eastern North Island

Becoming mostly sunny in the morning, breezy west to southwesterly winds.
Brisk southwesterlies freshen late afternoon / evening bringing showers which
ease overnight. Showers may be heavy with hail initially, snow flurries lower to
400m in the evening.
Highs: 12-13

Western North Island

Morning shower possibly heavy with hail then clearing by midday, sunny
spells develop with westerly winds. Late afternoon southwesterlies freshen again
with further showers and a risk of hail which clears by midnight. About Taranaki
winds will be fairly strong.
Highs: 11-12


Becoming sunny in the morning with southerlies dying out. Northwesterlies
freshen after midday then late afternoon a strong southerly change brings
showers, some may be heavy with hail then easing later in the evening. Some snow
to 400m for a time.
High: 10


Sunny with westerly winds, southwesterlies freshen late afternoon bringing
some cloud and the chance of a shower.
High: 12


Any early cloud clears to a mostly sunny day, westerly winds. Winds change
brisk southerly late afternoon bringing increasing cloud and the chance of a
shower or two.
High: 12


Mostly sunny weather with light westerlies. Winds change strong southwest
around midday bringing showers, a risk of hail and snow flurries to 700m then
lowering to 400m in the evening. Showers clearing away from inland areas late
afternoon becoming more restricted to the coast.
High: 11

West Coast

Periods of cloud with the odd shower, especially early afternoon then
easing. Breezy southwesterly winds.
Highs: 9-10

Coastal Otago

Clear spells at first, strong southwesterlies (gale about the coast) push
in by mid morning bringing showers, chance of hail and snow flurries to low
levels (100 to 200m).
Highs: 7-8

Central Otago

Cloudy periods with occasional showers, clearing overnight. A few snow
flurries to 500m by late morning then lowering to 200m in the evening before
clearing later. Cold southwesterlies.
Highs: 6-7


Showers, some heavy with a risk of hail at times in the morning then
gradually easing. Snow flurries to low levels (100 to 200m). Strong
southwesterly winds, risk of gales near the coast.
High: 8

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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