Thursday's national forecast


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Mainly settled today however a few weak areas of low pressure at either end of the country from afternoon bring a chance of unstable conditions.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Mostly sunny, high cloud gradually breaks away during the afternoon. About inland Bay Of Plenty and perhaps the Waikato showers develop late afternoon / evening, some of these may turn into thunderstorms then clearing evening. Afternoon sea breezes.
Highs: 25-27

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Mostly sunny with any morning high cloud clearing, east to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 20-27

Eastern North Island
Mostly cloudy with the odd shower or drizzle patch, clearing in the evening. South to southwesterly winds.
Highs: 18-21

Wellington
Mostly sunny, some high cloud possible. Northerly winds tend south to southeast in the afternoon.
High: 20

Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny with east to southeasterly winds for Marlborough, afternoon northerlies for Nelson.
Highs: 22-23

Canterbury
Mostly sunny, some high cloud. East to northeasterly winds fresh at times in the afternoon. Some mid level cloud builds about inland ranges during the afternoon, low risk of an isolated shower late afternoon / evening.
Highs: 19-22

West Coast
Mostly sunny with some high cloud, Fiordland is a bit cloudier with a shower or two. Light west to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-26

Southland & Otago
A mix of mid and high level cloud, isolated showers late afternoon / evening, some may be heavy with thunderstorms (mainly inland areas) then clearing evening. Light winds for most, breezy east to northeasterly winds about coastal Otago in the afternoon.
Highs: 18-25

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz