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Thursday’s national forecast

We’ll start with the South Island today.

It will be cloudy on the West Coast with building north to northeasterly winds, showers spreading north during the day and rain in Fiordland from afternoon. Mostly sunny skies about Nelson with building northwesterly winds, some cloud at times. The east should experience fine weather with increasing high cloud and breezy northeasterly winds along the coast, winds will tend more northwesterly inland and perhaps spread to the Otago coast in the afternoon. Northwesterly winds could be strong at times in inland areas at night. In Central Otago showers will start to spill over from the main divide after lunch getting into the likes of Glenorchy then Queenstown and Wanaka by evening. Southland should be dry for most of the day with northwesterlies and high cloud, perhaps some showers in the far west of the district. High’s of around 12 to 13 degrees in most areas, if that northwest arrives on the Otago coastline in the afternoon high’s could push up into the mid teens there.

Northland should receive mostly sunny weather today with the odd bit of cloud and light winds, high’s in the mid teens once again. South of Northland skies are looking to be quite cloudy with light winds although sunny breaks may develop in the afternoon mainly inland. Perhaps a few light showers in coastal areas from Taranaki through to Auckland, also about Gisborne. There is a low risk of a morning shower also in the Bay of Plenty. Hawkes Bay should get some morning cloud but sunnier breaks into the afternoon. The Manawatu, Wairarapa and Wellington areas are looking to get mostly sunny weather with a northwesterly airflow building by evening. Apart from Northland, high’s of 12 to 13 degrees are expected in most places.


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