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Wednesday night’s national forecast

Rain tonight for most of the South Island, heavy at times with snow to low levels, possible sea level in the far south. Southerly winds strengthen. For the North Island the east remains mostly dry but heavy showers pepper the west mainly north of Taranaki with a chance of thunderstorms, hail is possible too but mainly overnight.

Northland, Auckland & Waikato
Showers, some heavy at times with a risk of hail. Could be a thunderstorm or two out there also. Strong gusty westerlies develop later.
Lows tonight: 7-11

Central North Island, Bay Of Plenty
Showers, one or two may be heavy with a risk of hail. Gust westerlies develop later.
Lows tonight: 7-11

Eastern North Island
Some high cloud, light winds.
Lows tonight: 7-8

Western North Island
Cloudy periods with north to northwest breezes, the odd shower possibly heavy at times.
Lows tonight: 7-9

Marlborough, Nelson & Wellington
Areas of rain with light winds, tending northerly overnight about Wellington.
Low tonight: 5-8

Heavy areas of rain tonight with cold southerly breezes, snow lowering to 200m in South Canterbury and 300 metres elsewhere.
Low tonight: 0-3

West Coast
Patchy rain with light winds.
Lows tonight: 3-5

Coastal Otago
Rain, heavy at times with southerly breezes. Snow lowers to 200m.
Lows tonight: 1-3

Central Otago
Snow with bitterly cold south to southeast winds.
Lows tonight: -2 – -3

Rain with snow developing to near sea level. Falling right to sea level at times, mainly overnight. Bitterly cold southeasterly winds.
Low tonight: -1-0


Dean on 19/06/2013 10:49am

Poor forecasting for you guys?
600 metres with all the information you have in front of you?
Already snowing heavy at 300 metres in Canterbury and reports of snow even lower.

WW Forecast Team on 19/06/2013 12:28pm

Hi Dean

Thanks for your comments

To true it has started falling lower then initially suspected.


jed on 19/06/2013 10:37am

With one of maybe the most significant storms for this year on our doorstep and the taxpayer funded metservice web site was out for a couple of days then I it came back, now its out again! Useless! Thanks weather watch, at least it seems we can rely on you for up to date and accurate info, it does highlight the stupidity of the powers that b not to share info with you tho.keep up the good work

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