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Wednesday’s national forecast

A frontal feature pushes over the North Island this morning, weakening as it goes coming in from the west. Later in the day a northerly quarter airflow strengthens, a very vigorous front moves onto the South Island overnight bringing very heavy rain.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Sunny spells for Northland and Auckland, chance of a shower otherwise mainly dry. The Waikato and Bay Of Plenty sees showers develop late morning then clearing later in the afternoon. West to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 15-18

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Early morning rain with heavy falls, thunderstorms and hail possible then gradually easing and clearing in the evening. Some sun breaking through at times by midday. Snow above 1000m. West to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 10-15

Eastern North Island
Morning cloud with a few spots of rain possible then breaking away in the afternoon to some sun, northwesterly winds.
Highs: 16-18

Early rain then mainly dry with some sun, further rain moves in overnight. North to northwesterly winds rise to gale force overnight.
High: 13

Marlborough & Nelson
Any early rain clears then becoming mostly sunny, overnight some rain pushes in from the west. Heavy falls overnight about Tasman / northwest Nelson. North to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 13-16

Morning cloud with the risk of a shower then sunny areas develop, high cloud thickens later in the day. Overnight heavy rain develops about the high country with thunderstorms, spots of rain spread elsewhere for a time. North to northeasterly winds strengthen later in the day, gales possible overnight Banks Peninsula northwards.
Highs: 10-12

West Coast
Morning showers clear, remaining fairly cloudy then later in the evening / overnight rain moves in with heavy falls and thunderstorms. Rain may be torrential at times overnight. Northeasterlies strengthen from afternoon with gales developing about coastal fringes.
Highs: 11-13

Southland & Otago
Mostly sunny with high cloud increasing from afternoon overnight spots of rain. Northeasterly winds freshen, becoming strong about the Otago coast in the evening.
Highs: 12-14

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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