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Wednesday’s national forecast

A strong west to northwesterly airflow lies over the country today. Expect rain for the west of the South Island, heavy this morning then easing. Rain north of Auckland clears this afternoon however showers move in again during the evening. Drier for most in the east although heavy showers and thunderstorms with hail are possible about Southland, Otago and potentially coastal Canterbury south of Banks Peninsula afternoon / evening.

Rain, heavy at times with thunderstorms and breezy northwesterlies, rain clears around midday then sunny spells develop with winds tending more westerly. Later in the evening a
few further showers are possible especially in the west.
Highs: 20-21


Showers with some rain for a time, mainly north of the city then clearing around midday with breezy northwesterlies,
later in the evening further showers move in possibly heavy. Winds become strong
from the WSW around midnight.
High: 19

Bay Of Plenty

Sunny spells with freshening northwesterly winds, any early showers clear.
A few showers move in later in the evening then clear overnight.
Highs: 20-21

Central North Island & Waikato

Sunny spells with freshening northwesterly winds, the odd spell of rain
late afternoon / evening onwards. Winds become gusty after midday. Rain eases
Highs: 18-19

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny with northwesterly winds becoming strong in the afternoon,
northwesterlies may gust to gale force for the Wairarapa after midday. Some high
cloud later in the day.
Highs: 21-23


Cloudy areas with breezy northwesterlies, periods of rain from afternoon as
winds tend strong westerly.
High: 17

Western North Island

Sunny spells and increasing cloud with gusty northwesterly winds, areas of
rain develop in the afternoon with winds becoming strong.
Highs: 18-19


Cloud increases from morning with northwesterlies freshening becoming
strong by midday, spells of rain develop in the afternoon with winds gusting to
gale force. Rain clears in the evening and winds ease overnight.
Highs: 15-16


Increasing cloud with freshening northwesterlies, spells of rain from
midday as winds tend more westerly and become gusty. Areas of rain clear by
Highs: 16-17


Periods of cloud with strong northwesterlies gusting to gale force at times
from midday. Spells of rain spread from the west in the afternoon then clear by
High: 18


Mostly sunny with northwesterly winds, early rain about the foothills
clears away. Late afternoon / evening there may be a few heavy isolated showers
Banks Peninsula southwards right on the coast then clearing.
High: 18

West Coast

Heavy rain in the morning with possible thunderstorms then easing to
showers by late morning as northwesterlies change gusty westerly. Showers clear
in the evening as winds tend southwest although some may remain north of
High: 14

Coastal Otago

Sunny spells and increasing cloud, light winds. Showers develop around
midday, possibly becoming heavy with thunderstorms and hail for a time then
clearing overnight.
High: 15

Central Otago

Early rain, heavy in the west with northwesterly winds. Rain eases mid
morning clearing for some then mid afternoon showers move in again then clear
later in the evening. Winds tend southwest in the afternoon.
Highs: 13-14


Any early showers clear then expect sunny spells with northwesterly winds,
winds change west to southwest mid afternoon bringing showers possibly heavy
with thunderstorms and hail then easing later in the evening.
Highs: 14-15

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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