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Thursday’s national forecast

An anticyclone continues to cover New Zealand today, watch once again for inland downpours / thunderstorms during the afternoons and evenings.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Cloudy areas, afternoon showers possibly heavy. Isolated thunder possible especially just away from coastal areas. Light winds and sea breezes.
Highs: 21-23

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
A mix of sun and cloud with light winds, afternoon sea breezes near the coast. Heavy showers developing for some inland areas after midday, mainly north of about Palmerston North. A chance of thunderstorms also then clearing at night.
Highs: 21-24

Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny after any morning cloud breaks away, cloud build ups may produce heavy showers about the ranges in the afternoon / evening, especially the ranges of northern Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. Light winds in the morning then sea breezes.
Highs: 20-23

Wellington
Morning cloud breaks to sunny spells, southeasterly winds.
High: 20

Marlborough & Nelson
A mix of sun and cloud with sea breezes developing. Showers developing for inland areas in the afternoon, some may become heavy with thunderstorms then clearing at night.
Highs: 21-22

Canterbury
Morning cloud breaks to sunny spells, afternoon easterlies. Way up in the high country cloud builds in the afternoon bringing heavy showers with a chance of thunderstorms. Showers ease later in the evening and may drift into the foothills for a time before clearing.
Highs: 19-22

West Coast
A mix of sun and cloud with light winds in the morning, afternoon sea breezes. Showers developing about the ranges in the afternoon, some becoming heavy with thunderstorms then clearing at night.
Highs: 21-24

Southland & Otago
Mostly sunny with light winds after any morning cloud breaks away, afternoon sea breezes. Becoming hot for some inland areas. There may be heavy showers or downpours develop late afternoon / evening for inland areas, low risk of a thunderstorm then clearing later in the evening.
Highs: 21-27

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz

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