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Thursday’s national forecast

A northwesterly airflow builds over New Zealand today while a front moves onto the lower South Island this evening then pushes northwards overnight.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

A chance of early low cloud or fog, mainly inland, then becoming mostly sunny. However, from afternoon some cloud starts to build in the west as a northwesterly airflow develops. Cloud spreads to most areas by evening.
Highs: 15-18

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Some morning sun possible, then becoming cloudy mid-morning about Taranaki and elsewhere during the afternoon. Northwesterly winds increase.
Highs: 14-15

Eastern North Island

Sunny with light winds tending northwest. Northwesterlies breezy at times from afternoon about the Wairarapa.
Highs: 17-19


Mostly cloudy, with northerly winds becoming strong by midday, gusting to gale at times.
High: 13

Marlborough & Nelson

Mostly sunny with some high cloud gradually increasing during the day, becoming thick by evening. Northwesterlies gusty from afternoon about Marlborough, but more of a moderate northerly from afternoon in Nelson.
Highs: 14-17


Sunny areas and increasing high cloud, then a few overnight spots of rain. Northwesterly winds develop inland by midday becoming breezy at times in the afternoon. Light winds near the coast pick up from the northeast from afternoon onwards.
High: 18

West Coast

Cloudy with the odd light shower. Rain pushes into South Westland in the evening with heavy falls, moving northwards overnight. Increasing northeasterly winds then change westerly overnight.
Highs: 11-13

Southland & Otago

Plenty of high cloud, with perhaps some brief sun at times. A few spots of rain are possible in the evening. North to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 14-15

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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