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Thursday’s national forecast – North Island thunderstorms today (+6 maps)

A ridge moves over the South Island today bringing clearing conditions meanwhile it’s still quite unsettled for the North Island.

Wet for most North Island regions today, showers for Canterbury through to Nelson in the east gradually clear away. Isolated showers about Tasman and Buller clear later this evening or overnight.

Temperatures will feel a little cool today but the West Coast, inland parts of the lower South Island and the upper North Island have warm highs this afternoon.

Southeasterly winds ease about the lower North Island this evening however southwesterlies then pick up about the eastern North Island.

Please refer to your local, hourly, 10 day forecast for more details.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Morning rain (possibly heavy with thunder) then easing to showers, clearing during the afternoon with southwesterly winds and sunny spells breaking through. The Waikato and Bay Of Plenty may see heavy afternoon showers and thunderstorms, clearing evening as southwesterlies change southeast.
Highs: 22-25

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Rain, there may be heavy falls with thunderstorms about northern Tarnakai, easing to showers from afternoon as southeasterly winds increase. Drying out in the evening.
Highs: 16-22

Eastern North Island

Rain, easing to showers in the afternoon then clearing overnight apart from Gisborne. Southwesterlies pick up first thing in the morning.
Highs: 18-21


Mostly cloudy, risk of a shower then drying out in the afternoon with sun starting to break through. Breezy southerlies.
Highs: 16-18

Marlborough & Nelson

Showers clear away in the afternoon for Marlborough then some sun breaks through, southeasterly winds tend easterly after midday. Nelson has cloud break to sunny spells in the morning, chance of a shower, more so in the afternoon about the northwest Nelson ranges area then clearing evening. Light southerlies tend to the north in the afternoon.
Highs: 18-20


Morning showers (perhaps morning rain about North Canterbury) clearing away, afternoon sun may break through nearer the coast, remaining cloudier for longer about inland areas. Southerlies tend easterly in the afternoon.
Highs: 15-17

West Coast

Any early cloud clears then mostly sunny, some cloud builds about Buller in the afternoon bringing the risk of an isolated shower. Light southeasterlies tend southwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 20-23

Southland & Otago
Morning cloud, any early showers clear then sunny areas increasing, light winds tend onshore in the afternoon.
Highs: 15-20


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