Thursday's national forecast

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A cold front moves up the South Island today bringing rain to the West Coast for a time and possibly a heavy fall, then mainly dry.

Again at night another cold front will move into lower South Island, bringing some patchy rain to Southland and heavier falls into Fiordland.

The North Island is mostly dry day today but cloudy areas will increase in the west and south while winds will increase around Cook Strait. Tonight some rain may move into the lower North Island - or just a few showers.

Highs: 19 to 29