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Wednesday’s national forecast

A large low sits west of New Zealand in the Tasman Sea today dragging in a cool southerly airflow for much of New Zealand, east to northeast winds for the upper North Island however. A front moves onto Northland during the afternoon then pushes a little further south overnight.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
The odd shower or drizzle patch, long dry periods too. Rain moves into Northland during the afternoon bringing a chance of heavy falls then easing from evening. Rain moves further south overnight bringing a chance of heavy falls once again (mainly Auckland), east to northeasterly winds.
Highs: 14-16

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Cloudy, some rain at times then becoming drier overnight. Snow possible about higher parts of the Desert Road (highest point of the Desert Road is 1,074m, snow possible above 800m). Breezy east to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 8-14

Eastern North Island
Areas of rain ease in the afternoon to drizzle, cool southerly winds.
Highs: 11-13

Wellington
Cloudy with the odd light shower or drizzle patch, mainly morning. Southeasterly winds.
High: 10

Marlborough & Nelson
Mostly cloudy with some morning drizzle, breezy east to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 9-11

Canterbury
Cloudy with the odd shower or drizzle patch, there may be a light snow flurry or two down to 500m. Light southerly winds.
High: 9

West Coast
Mainly dry with sunny areas and some high cloud, Westport northwards sees showers which gradually ease then clear in the evening. Southeasterly winds.
Highs: 12-13

Southland & Otago
Mostly cloudy with the odd drizzle patch possible, mainly in the east. A light snow flurry or two may lower to 300m by evening however any flurries will more then likely cause no issues. Inland areas see afternoon sunny spells. East to southeastely winds.
Highs: 7-10

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz

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