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Thursday’s national forecast – Heavy rain develops in the north

Fairly settled over most of New Zealand today however we do have a low to the northwest which brings rain to Northland this afternoon then spreading elsewhere for the upper / eastern North Island this evening and overnight.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mix of sun and cloud, high cloud thickens from the north. Waikato may have a light shower or two. Rain (possibly heavy) moves into Northland from afternoon then spreads southwards later in the evening. Light northerly quarter winds change southeast later in the day.
Highs: 15-17

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Cloudy areas and the odd shower, clearing afternoon. West to northwesterly winds change southeast at night.
Highs: 11-15

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny, some high cloud later in the day. Lower level cloud moves into Wairarapa in the evening bringing a light shower or two, rain further north overnight possibly heavy.
Highs: 15-19


Mostly sunny with gusty northwesterlies easing, winds change to the south mid to late afternoon and cloud starts to thicken. Evening drizzle possible.
Highs: 13-14

Marlborough & Nelson

Mostly sunny, cloud develops for Marlborough from afternoon as northwesterlies change to the south. As cloud thickens for Marlborough a few light drizzle patches may move in.
Highs: 9-15


Partly cloudy skies, a few light showers possible north of Banks Peninsula in the afternoon then stretching down into inland Mid Canterbury in the evening. Southwesterly winds.
Highs: 4-13

West Coast

The odd shower north of about Hokitika with west to northwesterly winds, thing out and clearing in the evening. South Westland is mostly sunny. Overnight cloud starts to thicken up for most.
Highs: 8-13

Southland & Otago
Morning rain eases to showers, snow flurries to 500m, southwesterly winds (strong for coastal Otago). Very heavy frosts overnight for inland areas.
Highs: 8-9


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