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RainWatch – A cold front moves into the lower South Island this afternoon bringing rain

Rain moves into Southland early afternoon then Otago late afternoon with a cold southwest change, rain pushes northwards this evening / overnight reaching to about Banks Peninsula. The odd shower for the West Coast, rain moves into South Westland this afternoon with heavy falls, moving northwards this evening / overnight. Mainly dry for the North Island, a light shower or two may move in to the west Taranaki southwards from this evening.

The odd shower for the western North Island on Thursday. A southerly change pushes into the lower North Island around midday bringing a more persistent period of showers, this south to southwest change gradually moves northwards bringing a period of showers to the upper North Island (including Hawkes Bay / Gisborne) in the evening.

Rain for the upper South Island eases to showers in the afternoon, clearing in the evening on the West Coast but the odd shower remains elsewhere. Southland and Otago sees the odd shower during the day with cool southwesterlies.

Expect showers for the east coast of the North Island on Friday with cold south to southwesterly winds. Mainly dry in the west however there may be a shower or two for Northland (especially in the west). The South Island has mainly dry weather, showers about Canterbury and Marlborough clear in the afternoon.

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By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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