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Thursday’s national forecast

A front lying over the upper North Island clears away to the northeast this morning, meaning rain and showers associated with it clears by around midday too – this is earlier than forecast yesterday and those in Auckland are certainly aware the rain arrrived earlier – but as a result of that it’s clearing earlier too.

Over the rest of the country westerly winds build with showers for the West Coast of the South Island, showers spread northwards along the east coast afternoon / evening possibly heavy with thunderstorms and hail.

Northland
Showers ease then clear, afternoon sunny areas with southwesterly winds. Cloud thickens up later in the evening as west to southwest winds become a bit brisk.
Highs: 21-22

Auckland

Showers eases then clear, sunny areas with southwesterly
winds. Cloud thickens evening as west to southwest winds become gusty, possibly
strong especially out west.
Highs: 21-22

Bay Of Plenty

Morning rain possibly heavy easing then clearing, a mostly sunny afternoon
with west to southwest winds.
Highs: 21-22

Waikato & Central North Island

Morning showers clear then becoming mostly sunny, west to
southwest winds. In the evening cloud thickens with westerly winds
building.
Highs: 20-21

Eastern North Island

Morning showers with rain Gisborne northwards (possibly heavy) then
clearing. Sunny areas develop after showers clear, breezy westerly winds. The
Wairarapa stays mainly dry all day with any morning cloud clearing, in the
afternoon northwest winds build becoming strong with a risk of gale gusts then
overnight winds change strong southwest with showers.
Highs: 23-24

Taranaki

Mostly cloudy with southwesterly winds, becoming brisk to strong in the
afternoon. The odd shower about mainly early morning then again later in the
evening, around dawn on Friday winds change strong southwest with further
showers.
Highs: 20-21

Western North Island

Cloudy areas and the odd sunny spell with brisk westerly winds becoming
strong this afternoon, chance of a spit or two during the day otherwise dry.
Around dawn on Friday a southwest change moves in bringing a few showers.
Highs: 20-21

Wellington

Morning cloud breaks to sunny areas around midday, breezy northwesterly
winds become strong this afternoon with a chance of gale gusts. Chance of a
brief shower in the evening then overnight a strong southerly change brings a
greater risk of showers.
Highs: 19-20

Nelson

Sunny areas and some cloud with westerly winds, picking up late afternoon
onwards. A few brief overnight showers as winds change southwest.
Highs: 20-21

Marlborough

Sunny areas and some cloud, westerly winds. A few spots of evening rain
possible then overnight a gusty southwest change brings a few showers, showers
more likely in the south of the region.
Highs: 22-23

Canterbury

Sunny areas and some increasing high cloud, the odd brief shower possible
in the afternoon mainly Banks Peninsula southwards otherwise dry. Westerly
winds. This evening / overnight a southwest change moves in bringing showers
possibly heavy with thunderstorms and some hail.
High: 20

West Coast

Cloudy with showers and gusty westerly winds, showers becoming more intense
late afternoon / evening then clearing overnight with a southwest change.
High: 15

Coastal Otago

Sunny areas with brisk to strong westerly winds, high cloud thickens in the
afternoon with the odd spot of rain possible. Late afternoon or evening a gusty
cold southwest change brings showers possibly heavy with hail and
thunderstorms.
Highs: 14-15

Central Otago

Showers, some of which may be briefly heavy with small hail. Gusty
westerlies tend a little more southwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 12-13

Southland

Showers, sometimes heavy with hail. Gusty westerlies tend more southwest in
the afternoon.
Highs: 12-13

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz

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