Thursday's national forecast


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A low pressure system west of New Zealand flings a front over the South Island today bringing wet weather to the West Coast then gradually to the east. Humid northerlies for the North Island bring patchy rain or drizzle in the west, high cloud with a few spots of rain out east.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Occasional showers or drizzle, some rain about Waikato and Bay Of Plenty then easing overnight. Overnight further rain or showers pushes into western coastal areas. Northerlies, perhaps tending a little northwest during the afternoon.
Highs: 18-20

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
The odd light shower about Taranaki during the day, dry elsewhere in the morning with high cloud and perhaps some sun. Showers spreading to most areas in the afternoon then easing evening. North to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 16-20

Eastern North Island
Plenty of high cloud, there may be a spot of rain late afternoon / evening otherwise mainly dry. North to northeasterly winds.
Highs: 19-23

Wellington
The odd shower then some late evening rain, northerly winds.
High: 17

Marlborough & Nelson
Thick high cloud, the odd shower or spit of rain. A more persistent period of rain moves in during the evening then clearing overnight. North to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 16-18

Canterbury
Mostly cloudy, a few spits or showers from late afternoon or evening as light winds tend southwest.
Highs: 16-18

West Coast
Rain, a few heavy falls possible. Northeasterly winds.
Highs: 14-16

Southland & Otago
Rain for Southland moving into Otago during the afternoon. Southeasterly winds, becoming fresh about the Southland coast.
Highs: 8-13

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz