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Wednesday’s national forecast

A complex low pressure system lies over New Zealand today with northerly quarter winds over the North Island and southerly quarter winds pushing into the lower South Island.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Showers, some may be heavy with a rumble of thunder. Infrequent sunny areas too. Brisk west to northwest winds.
Highs: 15-17

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Mostly cloudy with the odd shower, dry spells too. Northern Taranaki and across to the Lake Taupo area sees heavier areas of rain during the day with thunderstorms possible. Breezy northerly quarter winds.
Highs: 13-18

Eastern North Island

Sunny areas and increasing high cloud. Breezy north to northwesterly winds, gusty at times from late afternoon or evening.
Highs: 17-18


Areas of rain with northerly winds, easing from afternoon.
High: 15

Marlborough & Nelson

Areas of rain with northerly winds, mostly clearing around midnight with a southerly change.
Highs: 15-16


Areas of rain or showers with light winds, rain clearing for a time in the afternoon about North Canterbury then moving back in again during the evening. South to southwest winds pick up later in the day.
Highs: 14-16

West Coast

Morning rain clears then sunny areas develop, south to southeasterly winds.
High: 15

Southland & Otago

Areas of rain with southerly winds, picking up becoming breezy by midday. Rain heavy at times from late morning then easing back to showers later this evening or overnight. There may be a snow flurry or two lower to 400m overnight but nothing dramatic at all. There should be some reasonable snow above 700m.
Highs: 10-11

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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