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Thursday’s national forecast

Morning cloud and showers clearing in the west of the North Island today and becoming mostly sunny although cloudy conditions may hang around north of Auckland till midday, winds will tend east to southeast by midday. Cloudy on the east coast with showers or drizzle patches developing about midday as southerlies freshen then clearing later at night, a few snow flurries to 800m also. Similar weather will affect the central plateau as on the east coast however there may be sunny breaks at first in the morning and the risk of showers is lower.

Wellington may receive mostly dry weather however it should be cloudy with a chance of drizzle from late morning. Later in the evening a few showers move through north of Auckland in an east to southeasterly airflow.

Sunny areas increase from morning in Southland and Otago with easterly winds, cloud may hang around a bit longer on the Otago coast then breaking after midday. Drizzle patches and snow flurries to 500m clear in coastal Canterbury by midday however lingering inland till evening, a few sunny breaks by late afternoon near the coast as south to southeasterly winds ease. Drizzle patches and snow flurries to 700m develop in Marlborough by mid morning then clear in the evening as southeasterly winds ease there.

About Buller and the northwest Nelson ranges isolated showers may develop in the afternoon. Expect mostly sunny weather on the West Coast otherwise with areas of cloud particularly in the morning, light winds.

16 to 17 degrees on average once again for the Bay of Plenty and Waikato northwards, however also this time along most of the west coast down through to Kapiti. 13 to 14 degree high’s elsewhere. Cool in the South Island with high’s ranging from 9 to 11 degrees along the east coast, perhaps rising to 12 in Blenheim. About Nelson and along the West Coast high’s will be in the mid teens.


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