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Tuesday’s national forecast

A cold front pushes northwards over the South Island early today then the North Island in the afternoon and evening, meanwhile another cold front lands onto the lower South Island this afternoon.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Sunny spells with the chance of a shower or two, late afternoon / evening showers push in from the west with a bit more intensity, perhaps a heavy fall or two then easing. Conditions dry out for a time later on / overnight. West to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 22-25

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Cloud thickens in the morning, showers from midday (possibly heavy for a time) then easing in the evening. Overnight rain moves through with the chance of a further heavy fall as gusty northwesterly winds change westerly.
Highs: 18-21

Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny, mid afternoon a few spots of rain spread from the west into Wairarapa, clearing by evening. This scattered rain spreads over into Hawkes Bay and Gisborne in the evening. Northwesterly winds.
Highs: 22-25

Some sun possible first thing in the morning then cloud thickens, showers move through around midday then clear mid afternoon. Some sun possible later in the day for a time then overnight some further rain moves through. Winds strong from the northwest gusting to gale at times.
High: 19

Marlborough & Nelson
High cloud thickens then a few spots of rain spread from the west during the morning, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon then overnight a few further spots of rain are possible. Breezy northwesterly winds.
Highs: 20-22

Sunny areas and some high cloud, early heavy rain about the high country eases to a few showers. Overnight a southwest change may bring some rain, possibly heavy with hail especially near the coast.
Highs: 18-20

West Coast
Early heavy rain eases to showers then during the morning showers, heavy at times with thunderstorms and hail develop about South Westland, perhaps parts of North Westland afternoon onwards. Westerly winds change southwest later in the day.
Highs: 15-17

Southland & Otago
Mostly cloudy, showers at times especially in the afternoon where some may be heavy with thunderstorms and hail. Coastal Otago is looking drier with sunnier skies, still the chance of a shower in the afternoon however spreading from the west. Gusty west to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 12-16

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


Pippa Field on 17/04/2018 3:58am

How can your organisation go on getting it so wrong for the East Coast of the South Island , Oamaru is part of New Zealand and has farmers and fishermen too watching keenly for weather reports. I’d guess that 90% of what is forecast for Oamaru is WRONG. We had no snow during last week – it was fabulous here…….how can an organisation get it so WRONG so often? Perhaps Oamaru doesn’t matter but as a tourist resort it is important , for farmers and fishermen too.

IT IS NOT GOOD enough – today is typical. Forecast rain in morning and heavy later in the day TV1….actuality the sky has been clear , blue and sun is out – it’s been hot / warm enough to walk around in a plain tee all day (yes , cooler towards evening but it is Autumn)

PLEASE ‘Some one Out THERE’ try to be accurate when forecasting for this area. At present your organisation is a joke. Not often correct – occasionally yes.

I wonder if ‘anyone ‘ will read this? Respond? and ACTION please!

Philippa J Field , Oamaru

WW Forecast Team on 17/04/2018 5:11am

Not sure how to respond to that. Your taxes fund MetService and NIWA – in other words, you pay money every year to two other businesses who provide forecasts for the NZ public. We are entirely free. Perhaps try those two Government forecasters instead of ripping down a small business that is simply providing you with an entirely free alternative that you don’t have to use. Also, TV1 uses MetService – the one you help fund. Our forecasts are independent and the one above for Canterbury (and our 10 day ones for Oamaru) had a different forecast to TV1. You seem a bit confused about who you’re complaining about.

Anyway, hope you feel a bit better now after venting. 
All the best,
Philip Duncan

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