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Thursday’s national forecast – Low starts to move away

A big low to our east pushes in some heavy rain to parts of central NZ today, very strong southerly quarter winds too. These conditions ease from this afternoon or this evening as the low starts to move away.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Showers and sunny spells, showers mostly clear in the evening. Bay Of Plenty may have a mainly dry day. Southwesterlies. 
Highs: 13-15

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Showers, rain south of Palmerston North, clearing later in the evening. Westerlies change southwest by midday, changing to the south in the evening. Snow about the Central Plateau lowers to 600m before clearing.
Highs: 6-13

Eastern North Island

Rain with heavy falls for Wairarapa, southwesterlies strengthen with gales likely about the coast. Rain (not heavy) spreads further north during the afternoon with southwesterlies strengthening. In the evening rain eases to coastal showers.
Highs: 11-15


Rain with a chance of heavy falls, easing to showers in the evening. Strong southerlies, gale force about the coast.
Highs: 8-9

Marlborough & Nelson

Nelson has early showers clear then sun breaks through, rain for Marlborough clears in the afternoon then sun developing there. Southern Marlborough however has rain, easing to showers in the afternoon, mostly clearing evening, some snow 600m. Southwesterly winds.
Highs: 8-12


Morning showers clear South Canterbury, further north rain eases to showers in the afternoon then mostly clearing in the evening however showers stick to the coast overnight especially Banks Peninsula. Snow to 600m lowering to 400m in the afternoon. Cold southwesterlies, strong to gale about the coast, easing later in the day.
Highs: 6-10

West Coast

Sunny weather, morning showers for Buller clear away. South to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 9-13

Southland & Otago
Mostly cloudy for Southland and coastal Otago with a few showers, Central Otago has a mix of sun and cloud. Light southwesterlies, breezy for coastal Otago.
Highs: 7-9


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