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RainWatch – Mainly dry today although still the risk of a shower or two

An anticyclone brings mainly settled / dry weather to New Zealand today. There are a few risks. A shower or two may push into Coromandel and eastern Northland this morning then this afternoon an isolated shower may develop for Waikato and Northland. Moving down to the South Island, a light shower or drizzle patch can be expected along the West Coast at times.

Tuesday is fairly dry for the North Island once again but a shower or two does sneak in for some spots. A shower or two can be expected for Taranaki and Kapiti, especially in the morning. Then Waikato and Northland sees the chance of an isolated shower in the afternoon.

Rain moves into Fiordland in the morning then gradually pushes northwards during the day with heavy falls. Later in the evening rain pushes into Southland then a few scattered falls reach Otago overnight.

The odd shower for the western North Island on Wednesday (Taranaki through to Wellington), turning to rain in the afternoon, this rain reaches Waikato through to Northland overnight. Western East Cape catches a shower or two also in a northwesterly airflow.

Heavy rain eases to showers in the morning for the West Coast, morning spots of rain clear the lower South Island then from afternoon showers moves into Southland then Otago. These showers may be heavy with thunderstorms and hail then easing in the evening.

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By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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