A big broad low sits over the country today, centered over the lower South Island. Most regions in the west and far south should experience rain or showers, rain spreads into Marlborough and Wairarapa from late afternoon. Dry elsewhere in the east.
Partly cloudy in the west with showers although a good chunk of Northland through to Bay Of Plenty may be dry. East Cape and eastern Bay Of Plenty has showers however feeding in from the northwest. Showers become more widespread for the upper and western North Island this afternoon, heavy falls and thunderstorms are possible, easing overnight. Taranaki from afternoon through to Wellington this evening sees a heavy band of rain move in, easing overnight. Dry in the east with sun and warm temperatures, rain spreads into Wairarapa later this afternoon from the west. Winds from the north or northwest, becoming blustery this afternoon for the upper North Island, easing later on or overnight.
Cloudy for the West Coast with rain, heavy falls north of the Glaciers, easing at night. Rain for Fiordland clears this afternoon. Nelson and the Sounds has heavy showers first thing then easing, sun may break through this afternoon then showers or rain moving back in again at night. Canterbury northwards in the east is dry with sun and high cloud although the Canterbury high country has rain passing over from the west. Southland and Otago has rain, there may be a few heavy falls then easing later, winds from the south or southeast. South Canterbury may pick up on rain or showers at times. Winds from the north for most, tending south to southwest for Canterbury in the evening.