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Thursday’s national forecast

A large high sits in the Tasman Sea today directing a southwesterly airflow over New Zealand, a warm front pushes northwards over the country during the day.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mix of sun and cloud, there may be a few showers in the west at times from western Auckland through to western Northland. Late afternoon / evening most places have the chance of a few isolated showers. South to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 12-14

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Showers, turning to rain around midday then easing back to showers in the evening. Taranaki may stay fairly dry apart from a few showers late afternoon / evening. Snow about the Central Plateau to 600m for a time. South to southwesterly winds. Coldest temperatures about higher parts of the Central Plateau.
Highs: 3-13

Eastern North Island
Mostly cloudy with occasional showers, some rain about the Wairarapa from midday then easing in the evening. Southwesterly winds.
Highs: 11-12

Wellington
Showers turning to rain in the morning, easing back in the evening. Southerly winds becoming strong in the afternoon with gales through Cook Strait.
High: 12

Marlborough & Nelson
Cloud thickens, rain develops late morning then clears late afternoon. Southerly winds freshen around midday.
Highs: 12-14

Canterbury
Morning rain, easing to showers in the afternoon then clearing away. A shower or two may linger about Banks Peninsula and parts of North Canterbury for the rest of the day. Fresh cool Sou’West winds.
Highs: 10-13

West Coast
Morning cloud with the chance of a shower then becoming mostly sunny, south to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 11-14

Southland & Otago
Mostly cloudy, may be a shower or two about, mainly for Southland otherwise fairly dry. Breezy west to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 9-12

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz

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