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Thursday’s News: A little fog or low cloud – A great day ahead – Rain outlook

Here’s what is making the weather headlines today…..


High pressure, calm conditions and some surface moisture lead to a risk of fog or low cloud this morning and again overnight, mainly for the North Island.

Friday morning should be the last of the fog for now.


Despite a little fog the weather is very nice today, we do have some cloud in the west though for both Islands but hopefully sunshine breaks through this afternoon. Eastern regions are going to be mostly sunny and there will be some high cloud, not such a bad thing to help temper the sunshine a tad.

The cloud cover map below shows the thicker mid level cloud for some western regions, the hazier / see through cloud covering most of New Zealand represents high cloud. To the north where the high centre is located you can see how the skies are clear and cloud free.

Temperatures in the low to mid twenties this afternoon for many, western coastal areas will sit in the mid to late teens but a touch further away from the coast and temperatures could move into the early twenties. Reefton sees high’s in the early twenties today.


The next seven days if anything is appearing to be a bit drier than normal for most of New Zealand, just Hawkes Bay and Gisborne for the North Island is wetter than average, also Fiordland at the other end of the country.

Most of Fiordland’s rain will arrive thanks to a front on Friday then to a lesser extent another front on Monday next week. Rain for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne arrives on Sunday thanks to a low moving in from the northwest, clearing Monday.

Most regions will experience rain or showers at some point though over the next seven days, some places may even see a heavy fall or two despite being in the white or red areas below. If this occurs those showers or areas of rain may not be all that long lasting.

For more details on your location please visit and use the search function (type in your town / city etc), also please see our video out around midday presented by Philip Duncan with all the details.

The precipitation percentage of normal map below runs through to Thursday 12th October. Blue coloring means that part of the country is likely to see more rainfall than would normally be expected at this time of year, red means less rainfall is expected and white is an average amount of rainfall. The more intense either red or blue then either scenario is more true.

Precipitation percentage of normal – Wed 4th – Thu 12th October 2023


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