Wednesday's national forecast


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That Tasmanian low continues to keep its sights set on New Zealand, although at this point it is making very slow progress.

However, that doesn't change the fact that our weather will remain unsettled.  In fact, even more of New Zealand should see showers today.  A few thunderstorms are possible too, especially for the south part of the North Island and north part of the South Island.  That thunderstorm chance starts late this afternoon and continues into tonight. 

As far as the rest of the country goes; a few passing showers are possible about the North Island this morning.  That chance goes up this afternoon.  Then by this evening, all North Islanders will have a pretty decent chance of seeing at least a few showers, if not a few thunderstorms as well.  The best chance for rain will be across the southern 1/3 of the North Island.

For the South Island, a few showers are possible for Nelson and Marlborough.  Canterbury should be dry through the noon hour with a few passing showers possible during the late afternoon, mainly inland.  The north half of the island will then see shower chances start to go up for this afternoon.  By this evening, the entire northern half of the South Island should see periods of showers or even a few thunderstorms.  This would include Christchurch.  Only Southland and Otago are expected to remain dry.

Highs today should be in the upper teens to lower 20's.  Central Otago and Gisborne will be the exception with highs in the mid and upper 20's.