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Wednesday’s national forecast

A front pushes northwards over the South Island during Wednesday then onto the North Island overnight, preceding the front is a strong northwesterly airflow then changing cold southwest in behind.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty

Sunny spells and increasing cloud, cloud thickens and lower from late afternoon at which point there may be a light shower or two. Rain moves in overnight. Northwesterly winds.
Highs: 17-19

Western North Island (including Central North Island)

Mostly cloudy, chance of a spit or two. Later in the evening rain moves in with heavy falls possible before easing overnight, breezy northwesterlies change southwest overnight.
Highs: 14-17

Eastern North Island

Mostly sunny with increasing high cloud, rain moves into the Wairarapa later in the evening then pushes northwards overnight. Increasing northwesterlies then changing southwest overnight.
High: 18-21


Cloudy, the odd shower from midday then late evening rain. Strong northwesterly winds gusting to gale at times then changing southerly overnight.
High: 16

Marlborough & Nelson

Thick high cloud, north to northwesterly winds becoming gusty around midday. Some rain for Nelson in the evening then clearing overnight, only a few spots spread into Marlborough in the evening. Later in the evening or overnight a southwest change brings showers for Marlborough.
Highs: 18-19


High cloud with northwesterly winds, strong about inland areas where winds may gust to gale. During the afternoon a southwest change moves through bringing showers then some rain which clears overnight then becoming frosty.
Highs: 18-20

West Coast

A band of heavy rain about South Westland spreads into North Westland by midday, heavy rain likely to last for a period of 3 to 4 hours then easing to showers as gusty northwesterly winds change southwest.
Highs: 14-15

Southland & Otago

Morning rain then easing to showers which clear later in the evening or overnight, westerlies tend cold southwest around midday. There may be some snow lower to 600m for a brief time in the evening before clearing however not much if any will settle to that level.
Highs: 11-13

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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