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Thursday’s national forecast

A front pushes in from the west, gradually moving over the North Island this afternoon / evening meanwhile cold southerlies spread over the upper South Island reaching the lower North Island this evening.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Chance of a shower then rain develops in the afternoon becoming heavy for some, easing in the evening as northwesterly winds tend westerly.
Highs: 14-16

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Areas of rain, heavy about Taranaki from morning then elsewhere in the afternoon before easing in the evening. Northwesterlies change southeasterly later in the evening.
Highs: 10-14

Eastern North Island
Thickening high cloud, spots of rain about the Wairarapa spread into the Hawkes Bay around midday then Gisborne by evening. Northerly winds change southwest during the evening.
Highs: 14-16

Gusty northerlies with periods of rain, gusty southerlies kicking in this evening with a period of heavier rain then easing later on.
High: 12

Marlborough & Nelson
Thick high cloud with the odd spot of rain possible (more so about Nelson), more widespread rain moves in late afternoon as northwesterlies change southeast. Rain easing later in the evening.
Highs: 13-14

Rain (possibly heavy inland), easing from late afternoon or evening to showers. Rain may not move into parts of North Canterbury till midday. Nearer the coast rain is generally less intense but could still be persistent at times. Snow to 700m lowers to 200m overnight. Cold southerly winds
High: 9

West Coast
Rain with heavy falls, clearing during the afternoon however remaining mostly cloudy. Southeasterly winds freshen. Dry for South Westland with sun breaking through from afternoon.
Highs: 11-12

Southland & Otago
Showers with snow flurries to 400m lowering to low levels by evening, showers later in the day becoming more restricted to coastal areas with conditions becoming dry and very cold inland. Cold southwesterly winds.
Highs: 6-7

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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