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Thursday’s national forecast – NW builds then front (+8 maps)

A northwesterly airflow builds over New Zealand today ahead of a front, this front moves into the lower South Island this evening then northwards overnight ready for the North Island’s turn on Friday morning.

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

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Partly cloudy, high cloud increases later in the day. Later in the day the odd light shower starts to develop in the west. Southwesterlies tend to the northwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 15-17

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
A mix of sun and mid level cloud, high cloud increases from afternoon. A spit or shower possible then becoming a little more widespread later in the day. Northwesterlies freshen later in the day or overnight.
Highs: 11-15

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny after a chilly start, high cloud from late afternoon or evening. Northwesterly winds.
Highs: 16-18


Becoming mostly cloudy in the morning, a spit or shower possible from afternoon mainly in the north. Northwesterlies freshen becoming strong overnight with a risk of gales.
Highs: 14-15

Marlborough & Nelson

Sunny areas and increasing high cloud, northwesterlies pick up from afternoon. Overnight rain.
Highs: 14-17


Sunny areas and increasing high cloud, north to northwesterly winds pick up from afternoon. Overnight a southwest change brings showers.
Highs: 13-17

West Coast

Showers, rain about South Westland. In the evening heavy rain spreads northwards then easing overnight as gusty northwesterlies change southwest.
Highs: 12-14

Southland & Otago
High cloud with increasing north to northwesterly winds, rain about the lakes district. During the evening a southwest change pushes in bringing widespread rain, easing back to showers around midnight. Overnight a few isolated heavy showers may move in with a chance of hail about coastal areas.
Highs: 15-17

Thursday 12th August 3:00pm MSLP / Rain map –
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Thursday 12th August 3:00pm Wind map –
Friday 13th August 3:00pm Wind map –
12:01pm Thursday 12th August – Maximum Temperature (°c) between time listed and following 6 hours –
12:01am Friday 13th August – Minimum Temperature (°c) between time listed and following 6 hours –
Thursday 12th August 3:00pm Swell map –
Friday 13th August 3:00pm Swell map –


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