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Wednesday’s national forecast

An easterly quarter airflow increases over the country today as ex tropical cyclone Ita moves down out of the Tasman Sea to lie west of the North Island overnight. Heavy rain will affect southwestern parts of the North Island from morning and then later in the day Northland and Auckland.

Cloudy with drizzle patches turning to rain in the afternoon. Rain becomes heavy by evening with brisk northeasterlies becoming strong, winds gusting to gale force from evening especially about coastal areas in the east.
Highs: 22-23


Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle, long dry spells too. Breezy
northeasterly winds. Heavy falls develop in the evening spreading down from the
north and northeasterlies becoming strong. Gale force winds possible overnight
especially for coastal areas.
Highs: 21-22

Bay Of Plenty

Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle, later in the evening or overnight rain
becomes heavy as northeasterlies strengthen.
Highs: 21-22

Waikato & Central North Island

Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle, rain more persistent with the odd heavy
fall west and south of Lake Taupo from morning. Rain becoming heavy elsewhere
later in the evening or overnight with ENE winds becoming strong.
Highs: 17-21

Eastern North Island

Cloudy with rain developing in the morning, northerly winds. Winds change
southeasterly overnight. Northern Hawkes Bay and Gisborne may remain dry for
much of the day with high cloud.
Highs: 19-22

Western North Island

Cloudy with periods of rain, heavy falls for some especially Taranaki.
Northerlies tend southerly later in the afternoon south of about Wanganui. In
the evening winds tend easterly for Taranaki and strengthen rising to gale
Highs: 18-19


Early morning rain eases to the odd spit, brisk northerlies with skies
remaining mostly cloudy. Southerlies freshen from afternoon and rain moves in
overnight. Southerlies becoming strong overnight with gales possible, mainly
about Cook Strait.
Highs: 17-18


Early morning rain clears, a few sunny spells then possible with
northerlies easing. In the evening southeasterlies develop however then freshen
with increasing cloud. Overnight rain moves in with southeasterlies becoming
Highs: 19-20


Early morning rain clears, a few sunny spells may even break through with
brisk northerlies easing. Southerlies freshen from midday however bringing
increasing cloud and rain later in the evening. Southerlies strong from later in
the evening with gales developing about the Sounds and eastern coastline
Highs: 18-20

Cloudy with
fresh cool southerlies (gusty near the coast PM), the odd shower turning to rain
by midday. It may be dry at first about inland North Canterbury then rain
picking up there in the afternoon.

High: 14

West Coast

Rain easing in the afternoon and becoming patchy, clearing for many by
evening. Overnight rain picks up again spreading southwards to Wesport.
Easterlies at first then southeasterly winds strengthen from afternoon with
gales at times by evening, especially north of Haast.
Highs: 18-19

Coastal Otago

Cloudy with showers, easing and clearing in the afternoon. Brisk cool
southerlies tend easterly overnight.
High: 12

Central Otago

Cloudy with periods of rain, easing in the afternoon and becoming patchy.
Cool southeasterlies.
Highs: 12-13


Cloudy with showers, clearing early afternoon and cloud breaking. Cool
High: 12

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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