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Wednesday’s national forecast

Rain for the east coast of the North Island with strong cold southerly winds possibly gale force at times about coastal areas in southern Taranaki, Cook Strait, Wellington and Wairarapa, it will be drier in western regions of the island today however a few showers still look likely at times, especially in Northland. South to southeasterly breezes. Temperatures still mild north of Auckland around 17 degrees, temperatures just getting into double figures for the east coast.

Sunny on the South Islands West Coast with east to southeasterly winds and temperatures from Hokitika through to Westport between 13 and 15 degrees, rain about the top of the island eases in the morning to drizzle patches. Strong southerly winds about the Marlborough coastline easing later in the day.

Cloudy weather for all of the east coast with drizzle patches clearing in Southland and Otago in the morning with sunny breaks in the afternoon, clearing around midday in South Canterbury then clearing between Mid Canterbury and Kaikoura by evening and further north along the east coast later at night . Expect south to southeasterly breezes to ease, tending more east to northeast later in the day in the far south.

Temperatures for most in the South Island apart from the West Coast will remain in the high single figure range. A few light snow flurries are also likely down to 500m in the afternoon in Canterbury clearing in the evening and 700m in the evening in Marlborough clearing at night, only small accumulations are likely.


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