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Saturday’s national forecast

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Heavy showers at first with a risk of hail then easing but still persisting for much of the day, perhaps some brief sun at times. The Bay Of Plenty sees long dry areas after morning shower activity. Brisk westerly winds.
Highs: 10-13

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Showers, some may be heavy at times with a risk of hail. Snow flurries to 500m, perhaps 400m at times. The Central North Island sees early heavy showers then easing with shower activity becoming more scarce, but still pushing in at times from the west. Winds cold from the west.
Highs: 8-11

Eastern North Island

Any early showers clear then mostly sunny with breezy westerly winds, a few showers push into the Wairarapa in the afternoon however bringing small hail and snow flurries to 400m then clearing later in the evening.
Highs: 12-14


Showers developing in the morning with cold southerly winds, showers may be heavy with small hail at times. Snow flurries to 400m. Shower activity clears in the evening.
High: 8

Marlborough & Nelson

Some early sun then expect increasing cloud. Showers from late morning or midday as southwesterly winds ease, perhaps tending light southerly. Showers may be heavy at times with a risk of small hail, expect snow flurries also to 400m then clearing in the evening.
High: 10


Morning showers, some heavy with hail and snow to low levels then clearing around midday. Sunny areas for the afternoon, cold southwesterly winds.
Highs: 8

West Coast

Becoming sunny in the morning about Greymouth southwards. Further north expect showers, possibly heavy with hail and snow to 400m then clearing around midday. Sunny areas develop in the afternoon as southwesterlies tend more southerly. Cold overnight with frosts.
Highs: 8-9

Southland & Otago

Wintry showers with small hail and sleet, snow flurries to 200m at first then gradually lowering to 100m later in the evening. Very cold southwesterly winds.
High: 5-6

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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