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Thursday’s national forecast

A ridge of high pressure brings increasingly sunnier weather to the South Island today however expect some showers north of Banks Peninsula to gradually clear around midday or early afternoon. The North Island sees a gusty south to southeasterly airflow due to a low pressure system to the north.

Showers, possibly heavy with hail, a few sunny spells in the mix also but in general skies will be mostly cloudy. Showers clear late afternoon or evening. Gusty cool southerly winds.
Highs: 12-13

The odd shower, a few may be heavy with hail after midday then clearing mid to late afternoon. Sunny spells at times especially late afternoon onwards. Gusty cool southerly winds.
High: 14

Bay Of Plenty, Waikato & Central North Island
Morning showers clear then expect mostly sunny weather with gusty south to southeasterly winds. Some snow to 700m about the Central Plateau early in the morning then clearing.
Highs: 9-14

Hawkes Bay and Gisborne
Rain, heavy at times then easing to showers by midday for Hawkes Bay and mid afternoon about Gisborne. Showers clear at night from Hawkes Bay. Strong southerly winds.
Highs: 10-12

Expect cloudy spells with the odd shower, a few snow flurries to 500m in the ranges then clearing at night with showers clearing then too. Gusty cold southerlies.
Highs: 10-11

Western North Island
A few early showers clearing, sunny spells then increase. Gusty south to southeasterly winds ease later in the evening. Winds about Taranaki will be quite strong, gusting to gale at times then easing evening.
Highs: 10-12

Mainly dry in the morning at first with cloudy spells and gale southerly winds, there may be a brief shower now and then. Showers more likely from afternoon with the odd snow flurry to 500m then clearing at night. Strong southerlies ease at night.
Highs: 10-11

Sunny after any early cloud clears, cool southerly winds gradually ease dying out later in the evening.
Highs: 12-13

Mainly sunny with any morning cloud clearing, gusty cool southerlies ease in the evening and die out at night.
Highs: 11-12

Becoming mostly sunny in the morning about South and Mid Canterbury, remaining showers and snow flurries to 300m clear in the morning about North Canterbury then becoming mostly sunny by mid afternoon. Light winds inland, cold southwesterly winds near the coast and about North Canterbury ease dying out in the evening.
Highs: 10-11

West Coast
Sunny with south to southwest breezes easing, light winds in the afternoon.
Highs: 13-14

Coastal Otago
Any early showers and snow flurries to 300m clearing, sunny spells then increase to become mostly sunny in the afternoon. Cold west to southwest winds die out during the afternoon. Late evening high cloud develops.
Highs: 12-13

Central Otago
Sunny with light winds after a frosty start. Northwest breezes develop by evening with some high cloud.
Highs: 12-13

Mostly sunny with westerly breezes tending northwest in the afternoon, evening high cloud.
Highs: 13-14

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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