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Wednesday’s national forecast

An anticyclone directs a southwesterly airflow over New Zealand today. The east of the South Island and some eastern parts of the North Island become unstable this afternoon and evening with thunderstorms, hail for eastern parts of the South Island could cause issues. Wellington may see thunderstorms overnight also as a strong southerly winds shift moves through, watch for hail there too.

Auckland & Northland
Sunny spells with southwesterly winds becoming brisk in the afternoon,
chance of the odd shower at times especially later in the evening or
High: 22-23

Central North Island, Waikato & Bay Of

Sunny spells with west to southwest breezes, conditions mostly sunny for
the Bay Of Plenty. Evening showers move in about western Waikato.
Highs: 21-24

Eastern North Island

Sunny spells, morning southerlies then afternoon easterly breezes. A period
of morning showers about Gisborne clears around midday. Chance of isolated
afternoon showers about the ranges then clearing evening.
High: 22

Western North Island

Westerly breezes with sunny spells, chance of a shower at times otherwise
mainly dry. Later in the evening there is a greater risk of showers. Similar
weather for Taranaki however winds tend more southwesterly during the day.
Highs: 19-21


Early cloud breaks to sunny spells, northerly winds a little breezy at
times from afternoon. Overnight winds change strong southerly with showers, the
chance of thunderstorms with hail is there also.
High: 20


Mostly sunny with westerly winds, a little breezy in the afternoon then
easing later in the evening.
High: 22


Mostly sunny with northerlies, chance of an isolated afternoon shower some
of which could be heavy with thunderstorms then clearing in the evening as winds
tend southwest.
High: 24


Mostly sunny with light winds, isolated showers develop mid to late
afternoon inland with a few showers becoming heavy with thunderstorms and hail.
Winds change southerly in the evening with more widespread showers, some still
heavy with thunderstorms and hail then easing overnight.
Highs: 21-22

West Coast

Fairly cloudy with the odd shower, becoming more persistent in the
afternoon as westerlies tend more southwest. Showers ease overnight.
High: 17

Coastal Otago

Morning sunny spells with light winds, a southwest change around midday
brings showers, some possibly heavy with thunderstorms and hail then easing in
the evening.
Highs: 17-18

Central Otago

Morning showers with westerly winds, clearing around midday with sunny
spells developing and winds tending more southwesterly.
High: 19


Morning rain eases to the odd shower as northwesterlies change gusty
westerly. Winds tend a little more to the southwest in the evening with showers
picking up in intensity a little.
High: 14

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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