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Wednesday’s national forecast

A mixed bag today with a weak ridge lying over the south of the South Island and a low stretched across the North Island.

Cloudy periods with a few isolated showers from northern Waikato through to Northland, light northwesterly breezes. A few sunny spells also, one or two showers could be heavy in the afternoon with a low risk of thunder north of Auckland. A mix of sunny periods and some cloud about the Bay of Plenty, through the Central North Island and across to Taranaki with light winds. The east coast will be fairly damp with periods of rain and breezy southeasterlies south of Gisborne. High’s upwards of 17 degrees in Northland and a cooler 12 to 13 degrees about the east coast.

Westland, Southland and Central Otago continues the run of sunny weather with light winds after a frosty start, perhaps some cloud about Buller with breezy southeasterlies there. Some cloud at times along the Otago coastline with light northeasterlies, cloudy in Canterbury with drizzle patches or light rain at times north of Ashburton. Marlborough and other areas about the top of the South Island can expect a mostly cloudy day with southeasterly breezes and scattered rain or drizzle patches. 12 to 13 degrees can be expected on the West Coast, high single figure temperatures for most other areas perhaps cracking double digits about Nelson and Marlborough.

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