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Tuesday’s national forecast

A strong westerly airflow changes to the southwest today over New Zealand with a series of cold fronts pushing northwards during the day.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
The odd shower in the west, dry in the morning for Bay Of Plenty with some sun. Showers picking up in the afternoon for all regions then easing evening as breezy northwesterlies change southwest.
Highs: 15-18

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Early rain eases to the odd shower, showers pick up mid afternoon as gusty northwesterlies tend westerly (strong about the coast with gales at times). Showers ease later in the evening.
Highs: 12-16

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny with some high cloud, northwesterlies tend westerly mid to late afternoon (gusty about Wairarapa). A few showers may spread into Wairarapa for a time in the afternoon.
Highs: 17-22


Early rain then sunny areas, strong northwesterly winds gusting to gale at times. Mid afternoon a period of showers move through as winds tend strong to gale westerly, clearing up in the evening with winds easing.
High: 15

Marlborough & Nelson

Sunny areas and some high cloud, mid afternoon rain spreads into Nelson then late afternoon showers into Marlborough from the west as gusty northwesterlies change strong westerly. Drying up in the evening.
Highs: 15-17


Sunny areas and increasing high cloud with rain about the high country, rain spreading into the foothills during the afternoon and showers may reach the coast. Late afternoon gusty northwesterlies change fresh south to southwest change brings showers, possibly heavy with hail / thunder Banks Peninsula southwards near the coast then clearing in the evening.
Highs: 11-16

West Coast

Showers, heavy at times with thunderstorms and hail especially from midday as gusty northwesterlies change southwest. Snow lowers to 500m. Conditions ease in the evening.
Highs: 10-12

Southland & Otago
Showers (mostly dry in the morning for Otago), showers becoming heavy with hail / thunder in the afternoon as west to northwest winds change strong west to southwest, gales develop about coastal parts. Snow to 500m. Conditions ease later in the evening.
Highs: 8-13

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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