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Thursday’s national forecast

Strong cold southerly winds lie over the country today, easing from the south with a ridge moving over the lower South Island later in the evening / overnight.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Showers, some heavy with possible hail, then easing in the afternoon as strong to gale southwest winds tend southerly. Northland, on the other hand, sees heavy showers and possible hail afternoon / evening. The Waikato and Bay Of Plenty may become fairly dry from afternoon with sunny spells developing.
Highs: 11-13

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Showers with snow flurries to 400m. Gusty cold southerly winds, gusting to gale about coastal areas.
Highs: 6-11

Eastern North Island

Showers with snow flurries to 400m, a risk of hail at times too. There may be a period of dry weather in the morning. Strong southwesterly winds gusting to gale about the coast.
Highs: 10-11


Areas of rain, snow flurries to 400m. Strong to gale southerly winds.
High: 8

Marlborough & Nelson

Cloudy areas about Marlborough with strong to gale southerly winds. There may be a few showers, mainly in the south, with snow flurries to 300m. Nelson is mainly sunny, gusty south to southwesterly winds ease later in the day.
Highs: 10-12


Wintry showers with snow flurries to 300 or perhaps even 200m, easing evening. Strong southwesterly winds gusting to gale at times, especially near the coast.
High: 8

West Coast

Mostly sunny with breezy southerly winds, easing later in the day.
Highs: 10-13

Southland & Otago

Mostly cloudy about Southland while Otago sees the odd shower, mostly clearing early afternoon, although the odd one may linger till evening. The odd snow flurry for Otago to low levels though only minimal amounts with little to none settling. Cold southwesterly winds, dying out in the evening. Frosty overnight especially inland.
Highs: 8-10

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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