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Wednesday’s national forecast

A front passes over the South Island this morning then the North Island this afternoon / evening, with rain or showers likely for most regions at some point during the day.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Mostly cloudy with the odd shower, late afternoon or evening rain, possibly heavy then easing later. Rain may not reach Northland till overnight. Increasing northwesterly winds change westerly evening / overnight.
Highs: 15-18

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Showers then rain by midday, heavy falls in the afternoon then easing in the evening, perhaps clearing for some, although the odd shower will likely still hang around. Rain may not pick up about the Central North Island till evening. Northwesterlies become gusty in the afternoon, changing westerly in the evening.
Highs: 12-15

Eastern North Island

Thick high cloud, with a few spots of rain spreading from the west, especially about the Wairarapa. Hawkes Bay and Gisborne have a better chance of some rain in the evening as a front moves northwards over the North Island. Northwesterlies become breezy in the afternoon.
Highs: 15-17


Rain from morning with gusty northwesterly winds, then rain eases in the evening.
High: 13

Marlborough & Nelson

Rain develops early morning (possibly heavy, more so about Nelson) then clears in the afternoon with some late afternoon sun possible. Northwesterly winds becoming breezy.
Highs: 13-15


Areas of rain from morning, then clearing in the afternoon about Mid and North Canterbury (especially inland) before pushing in again overnight. Easterly winds change southerly in the afternoon / evening. Snow to 600m about South Canterbury lowering to 400m at night, heavy falls possible. Snow around 700m for Mid Canterbury northwards to Banks Peninsula lowers to 400m overnight. North of Banks Peninsula snow lowers overnight to 600m.
High: 7-11

West Coast

Rain with heavy falls possible then easing to the odd shower in the afternoon and perhaps even a few sunny spells. Winds northeast at first then becoming variable. Southeasterlies pick up overnight with showers clearing.
Highs: 10-12

Southland & Otago

Rain developing during the morning then easing later in the evening, with snow to 500m in the morning lowering to 400m by evening. Cold southeasterly winds.
Highs: 7-8

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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