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Thursday’s national forecast

A front works its way onto the lower South Island from this morning bringing the chance of a few brief showers or drizzle patches with it, conditions will generally be settled for most ahead of the front. The North Island is still looking rather settled, there will be some cloud at times north of about the Waikato. The front mentioned above moves into Wellington in the evening bringing a gusty southerly change and cloud.

Upper North Island

Cloudy and sunny areas with light winds at first then prevailing from the southwest from afternoon. The Bay Of Plenty will see light winds for most of the day with areas of cloud and sunny breaks. Expect east to northeast winds in Gisborne with mostly sunny weather.
HIGHS: 24-27

Lower North Island

Sunny with a few wisps of high cloud, expect northerlies in Wellington. In the evening winds change gusty southerly with some cloud developing and the risk of a shower overnight. Mostly sunny weather with a few clouds for western parts, light westerly breezes. Southeasterlies freshen in the evening. Sunny skies with a few flicks of high cloud on the east coast, light northeasterly breezes. Winds change southerly overnight with increasing cloud.
HIGHS: 22-28

Upper South Island

Expect some high cloud on the West Coast which will be fairly thick in some areas, light winds tending westerly or southwest. Sunny with a few wisps of high cloud and light winds for Nelson and Marlborough. In the evening winds change southerly with some cloud developing, mainly about eastern Marlborough. Cloudy in Canterbury, southerly breezes freshen from midday with the chance of a drizzle patch overnight otherwise remaining fairly dry.
HIGHS: 20-25

Lower South Island

Mostly cloudy with cool southerly breezes, chance of a morning shower. Cloud breaking up in the evening and becoming quite cold overnight especially inland as winds drop out.
HIGHS: 15-18

Warmest – Some eastern North Island areas, namely inland Hawkes Bay

Windiest – Northerlies in Wellington will be fairly brisk first thing then easing away, at the other end of the day when southerlies arrive they will be quite gusty even strong about the Capital.

Sunniest – East Coast of the North Island

Wettest – Southern Fiordland first thing in the morning with some rain then in second place about Aoraki National Park / Mount Cook area as the front moves through early afternoon.


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