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Thursday’s national forecast

Upper North Island

Mostly cloudy skies with westerly breezes tending more northwest in Northland. A few showers this morning about the Waikato with rain in Auckland and Northland, the odd shower clearing Waikato by midday with sunny breaks in the afternoon. Rain clears Auckland later in the afternoon with winds changing southwest, sunny areas then develop. Some rain may remain in northern parts of Auckland till evening. Rain in Northland clears in the evening with a southwest change. Sunny breaks develop in the afternoon about Bay Of Plenty. Sunny with some cloud in Gisborne, southwesterlies die out tending northeast late afternoon.
HIGHS: 20-22 for most.

Lower North Island

Sunny areas and some cloud with westerly breezes tending a little more southwest on the east coast, some cloud builds about Kapiti and Wellington in the evening then at night a southerly change brings widespread showers.
HIGHS: Temperatures in the high teens for most, 21-22 in Hawkes Bay.

Upper South Island

Cloudy periods on the West Coast north of Hokitika with southwesterly breezes, expect the odd shower turning to rain late afternoon then clearing overnight. Mostly sunny in Nelson with light winds, southwesterlies freshen in the evening with some cloud. Mostly sunny weather in Marlborough with light winds, southerlies build from mid afternoon with increasing cloud then expect a few showers at night. Sunny breaks to start in Canterbury with southwesterly breezes, from mid afternoon cloud builds with southerlies strengthening and rain developing.
HIGHS: 17 on the West Coast, low 20’s in Nelson and Marlborough, 16 for Canterbury.

Lower South Island

Cold southwesterlies with showers in Southland and Otago, showers easing later in the evening. Some snow to 700m.
HIGHS: 12-13 for most, 14 on the West Coast south of the Glaciers.


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