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Thursday’s national forecast
High pressure dominates most of New Zealand today bringing light winds and fairly sunny skies.
However, as you head north the easterly flow will be dragging in clouds and a few showers, increasing the further north you go.
Generally speaking, today is one of the more settled days of the week, but rain may be heavy in eastern Northland and Coromandel and is worth monitoring (for all upper North Islanders).
Auckland Northland Waikato BOP
Easterlies blowing, brisk to strong for some coastal areas in the east north of Auckland – this area is also at the highest risk of showers. Mostly dry for all these regions but showers in Northland may turn to heavy rain in the east for a time. Rain may also come back to Coromandel Peninsula and even parts of Auckland – but today is drier for most regions although both Northland and Coromandel are exposed to the heaviest rain risks. Waikato and Auckland may even see a glimpse of the sun.
Highs: 21 to 26
Lows: 17 to 20

Western North Island (also Central Plateau)
Mostly Sunny, may be some cloudy areas mainly spilling over from the east or north.
Highs: 21 to 25
Low: 15 to 17

Eastern North Island
Cloudiest around Gisborne in the north, sunniest around Wairarapa in the south. Easterlies. 
High:  18 to 21
Low: 13 to 17 

Mostly Cloudy with SE winds. 
High: 19 or 20
Low: 14

Nelson & Marlborough
Cloudy areas. Light winds or an east to south east breeze.
High: 20 to 23
Low: 13

West Coast
Mainly sunny, light winds.
Highs: 21 to 24
Low: 10 to 12

Mainly Sunny with light winds.
High: 18 to 21
Low: 8 to 10

Southland and Otago
Mainly Sunny with light winds
Highs:  17 to 23
Lows: 6 to 9

– By head weather forecaster Philip Duncan,


Guest on 8/03/2017 7:49pm

Otago/Southland fairly cloudy cold with winds from the southerly quarter? Seriously, who wrote that??

WW Forecast Team on 8/03/2017 7:59pm

Pretty obvious who wrote it! But apologies – I did make a mistake here. Our detailed forecasts are correct (ie, Dunedin is sunny!) but the Southland/Otago forecast in this story was not updated before publishing. Fixed now.

Cheers and again sorry!

Guest on 8/03/2017 8:43pm

All good. Even the Govt forecaster can be wrong. Forecast according to their maps can be different to what’s actually happening down this way and they’re loathe to change it even when it’s obviously wrong!

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