Thursday's national forecast


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A southwesterly airflow eases over the North Island today, northwesterlies build over the South Island.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mix of sun and cloud, there may be a light shower at times anywhere from Waikato up to Northland otherwise mainly dry. The Bay Of Plenty has a mostly sunny day. Southwesterly winds.
Highs: 15-16

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Cloudy areas about Taranaki, expect a light shower or two with southwesterly winds. Elsewhere expect a mix of sun and cloud with west to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 12-15

Eastern North Island
Sunny with light winds, tending northwest about Wairarapa.
Highs: 16-17

Wellington
Mostly sunny, northerly winds increase.
High: 15

Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny with westerly winds about Nelson, tilting more northwest for Marlborough.
Highs: 17-19

Canterbury
Mostly sunny with developing high cloud, northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-19

West Coast
Cloudy, the odd light shower. Turning to rain in the afternoon about South Westland then becoming heavy. Northwesterlies.
Highs: 13-14

Southland & Otago
Sunny areas and thickening high cloud, evening rain for Southland and western Central Otago. Rain becomes heavy overnight in these areas. Northwesterly winds, gusty in the afternoon.
Highs: 16-19

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz