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Tuesday’s national forecast

A cold front is heading north today – welcome to Autumn! There is some great news with this: Rain for Canterbury. The drought affected region may have a few heavy falls too, clearing as the front heads northwards during the day.

At the same time a low in the north is bringing rain and northerlies down.  These two systems meet over the central part of the country so there may be some heavy downpours later today around the upper South Island and lower North Island. 

The air will be much colder in the south with highs only just breaking past the 10 degree mark while in the east of the North Island it will be closer to 30 degrees at the warmest point.
Auckland Northland Waikato BOP
Clouds thickening and a mostly dry day, patchy rain tracking south during the day or tonight. A mix of dry spells and heavy falls too. Winds mostly from the north picking up but a calm morning for many.
Highs: 22 to 24
Lows: 14 to 18

Western North Island (also Central Plateau)
Clouds thickening but mainly dry. Patchy rain developing towards evening, possibly afternoon further north. Winds mainly from the north buiding.
Highs: 21 to 24
Low: 13 to 17

Eastern North Island
Clouds thickening with north to north west winds building.
High:  23 to 28
Low: 12 to 16 

Patchy rain developing with northerlies. A strong, colder, southerly change arrives during the day bringing even heavier rain.
High: 18
Low: 12

Nelson & Marlborough
Patchy developing and setting in amongst the ranges with northerlies. A strong, colder, southerly change arrives during the day bringing even heavier rain (but isolated heavy falls).
High: 20 to 23
Low: 13 to 15

West Coast
Rain with heavy falls north of Hokitika. Rain easing from the south as the day goes on. NE winds turn SE.
Highs: 14
Low: 9

Rain setting in, with a few heavy falls. A colder, stronger, southerly change, Rain eases south of Christchurch during the day.
High: 12 to 15
Low: 9 or 10

Southland and Otago
Fairly cloudy and cold with winds from the southerly quarter.
Highs:  11 to 13
Lows: 5 to 8

– By head weather forecaster Philip Duncan,


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