Rain, thunder, gales to hit
Heavy rain, thunder and gales are on the cards for many areas as a cold front approaches the country.
MetService said rain could he heavy and thundery in the west from Northland to Taranaki, while some drizzle is expected in the southwest of the North Island.
Heavy rain is expected on the west of the South Island overnight and on Friday, stretching as far east as the headwaters of the Canterbury and Otago lakes and rivers.
A period of heavy rain is also possible overnight about Mt Taranaki, the Tararua Range and Buller Ranges.
Gales could get to 100kmh in the Canterbury high country overnight and Friday, with gale northerlies expected in Wellington on Friday.
Auckland is forecast to have occasional drizzle on Thursday with a high of 19C. Friday through to the end of the weekend could be showery at times but there should also be some fine spells.
Kerikeri could get to 22C on Thursday, with Tauranga expecting 20C, but both have a risk of drizzle.
Gisborne and Hawke's Bay are heading for a warm dry Thursday, with highs of 24C.
Wellington is headed for a high of 16C on Thursday, with light drizzle and fresh northerlies. Saturday could be OK, although even then some morning showers are expected. Gales are in the forecast for Friday and Sunday.
Christchurch is expected to have a dry Thursday with a 19C high but high cloud is forecast to increase with northerlies getting strong overnight.
Northerlies are forecast to be strong on Friday, while the weekend is forecast to have a few showers but be mainly dry.
The top of the South Island could be one of the nicer places on Thursday, with a dry day forecast and Blenheim on the way to 21C and Nelson headed for 18C.