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Wednesday night’s national forecast

The main front associated with this spring storm moves onto the lower North Island this evening then further north overnight. Expect strong northwesterly winds to preced the front. For the South Island another front makes it’s way up the island overnight hitting Southland around midnight tonight, this front won’t be as severe as last night’s episode but strong winds in inland Canterbury can be expected again.

Auckland & Northland
Mostly cloudy skies with gusty northwesterly winds, the odd shower, mainly overnight then rain moves in around dawn tomorrow.
Low tonight: 14

Bay Of Plenty, Waikato & Central North Island
Cloudy with the odd shower, gusty northwesterly winds. Rain develops overnight becoming heavy by dawn. Rain doesn’t make it into the Bay Of Plenty till dawn tomorrow.
Lows tonight: 10-13

Eastern North Island
Strong gusty northwesterly winds, possibly gusting to gale force at times. Some high cloud. Areas of rain spread into Wairarapa this evening then further north overnight.
Lows tonight: 14-15

Western North Island
Showers about Kapiti and northern Taranaki with strong northwesterlies, winds gust to gale force at times in exposed areas. Widespread heavy rain develops later this evening with thunderstorms possible about Taranaki.
Lows tonight: 10-11

Heavy areas of rain develop this evening then clear overnight. Strong to gale northerly winds ease slightly overnight too.
Low tonight: 12

Heavy areas of rain clear around midnight, strong northerly winds ease from this evening. Cloud breaks up overnight.
Low tonight: 9

Rain, heavy at times with strong to gale force northwesterly winds. Rain clears around midnight with winds then easing overnight.
Lows tonight: 8-9

Mainly clear overnight with some high cloud, northwesterly winds pick up this evening becoming strong for inland areas overnight. Winds will not be as bad as last night but will still be fairly gusty about the foothills and western plains. Some rain may spill over from the west overnight into the foothills area.
Low tonight: 9-10

West Coast
The odd shower, becoming heavy and possible thundery overnight with a risk of hail. Brisk west to northwest winds.
Lows tonight: 6-7

Coastal Otago
Clear with some developing high cloud, northwesterly winds. Just after midnight winds change gusty westerly with a period of showers and possible hail. Some snow overnight to 400m for a brief time.
Lows tonight: 5-6

Central Otago
Westerly winds, cloud thickens this evening then later on showers develop with some hail possible. Some snow to 400m overnight for a brief time.
Low tonight: 2

Showers, becoming heavy and thundery around midnight as brisk northwesterly winds change westerly. There may be some hail with any thunderstorms that form. Some snow lowers to 300m overnight.
Lows tonight: 2-3

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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