Wednesday's national forecast

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A northwesterly airflow changes to the southwest over the South Island today heralding in cooler temperatures. These cooler temperatures arrive in the North Island on Thursday.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Sunny spells and the odd shower, long dry spells too. The Bay Of Plenty is mainly dry after any morning showers clear. Breezy westerly winds.
Highs: 20-21

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Showers, some sun may break through at times. Blustery west to northwesterly winds, strong now and then about the coast.
Highs: 16-19

Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny with breezy northwesterly winds, gusty about the Wairarapa.
Highs: 23-26

Cloudy areas and the odd shower, strong northwesterly winds. Conditions ease later in the evening.
High: 17

Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny areas and some high cloud, a few showers pass over the Nelson area around midday. Winds gusty from the northwest. Chance of a shower late afternoon or evening about coastal Marlborough as northwesterly winds change southwest.
Highs: 18-21

Showers about South Canterbury spreading into North Canterbury by midday as southwesterly winds freshen. Inland parts of Canterbury north of the Rakaia Gorge may see a period of rain from late afternoon then easing overnight.
Highs: 14-18

West Coast
Morning rain, possibly heavy with thunderstorms north of about Greymouth then easing to the odd shower from afternoon as gusty northwest winds change westerly.
Highs: 15-17

Southland & Otago
Morning rain (possibly heavy) then easing to showers, fresh cool southwest winds strong about the Otago coast.
Highs: 13-15

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson -



Raining in Oamaru, we seriously don’t need this rain, we are still recovering from the amount we got in November. I can’t recall such a wet start to summer, the lack of sun, so many cloudy days and cool temperatures and not a temperature above 20 deg in a while. We’ve had like only Pockets of sun in the last 2 weeks, hopefully it’s the complete reverse from last summer as we had a very wet February, we get this chaotic weather pattern out of the way and then more frequent high pressures.

Hi Richard, thanks very much

Hi Richard, thanks very much for your feedback and comments. Here's hoping you're right and we're having a wet end to 2018 to balance a fairly dry start to 2019 - certainly the next several days ahead are drier rather than wetter (but still some rain for Oamaru). General trend nationwide is for a reduction in wet days in the coming several days so fingers crossed you get the benefits of a drier weather pattern.

Phil D