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Thursday’s national forecast

A brisk to strong northwesterly airflow lies over New Zealand today.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Spring-like breezy to brisk, Westerly winds. Showers for much of the day (possibly heavy with thunderstorms) with the odd sunny spell, more so in the east.
Highs: 14-17

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Areas of rain, possibly heavy at times with a risk of thunderstorms. Drier periods develop overnight. Gusty west to northwesterly winds, winds may gust to gale about the coast.
Highs: 10-14

Eastern North Island
Any morning spots of rain clear then mostly sunny with a few clouds at times, gusty northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-19

Early rain with heavy falls and thunderstorms then easing to showers and sunny spells, winds strong from the northwest gusting to gale at times.
Highs: 13-14

Marlborough & Nelson
Any early rain clears then expect sunny areas and some high cloud, Nelson may see a few showers spread from the west in the afternoon. Brisk gusty northwesterly winds.
Highs: 14-16

Any early spots of rain clear then mostly sunny with high cloud decreasing. Gusty northwesterly winds.
Highs: 14-16

West Coast
Rain, heavy at times with possible thunderstorms. Gusty northwesterly winds tending more westerly in the afternoon.
Highs: 9-11

Southland & Otago
Early rain clears then showers move in during the afternoon as northerlies change gusty westerly. Showers clear in the evening for most.
Highs: 11-14

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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