Wednesday's national forecast


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A breezy west to southwesterly airlfow lies over New Zealand today, wet weather in the west, mainly dry in the east although a few showers affect the South Island's east coast for a time.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Showers, some may be heavy with thunder then easing evening. The Bay Of Plenty dries out in the afternoon with sun breaking through. Northland only sees a shower or two in the west, drier out east although a shower or two may push through in the evening. Gusty westerlies.
Highs: 14-16

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Showers, possibly heavy at times especially towards evening then easing overnight. Snow lowers to 600m in the evening. Brisk west to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 9-14

Eastern North Island
Sunny after any early cloud clears, northwesterlies tend breezy westerly late morning.
Highs: 15-17

Wellington
Cloudy areas, breezy northwesterly winds.
High: 13

Marlborough & Nelson
Mostly sunny for Marlborough. Nelson has a mix of sun and cloud, chance of a shower passing over from the west at times otherwise mainly dry. West to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 12-14

Canterbury
Sunny then a period of afternoon showers with a southwest change, showers clear evening.
Highs: 9-11

West Coast
Showers, possibly heavy at times with thunder / hail then easing in the evening. Snow to 500m in the ranges. Fresh westerly winds ease later in the day.
Highs: 8-11

Southland & Otago
A few showers, mainly morning then drying out in the afternoon with sun breaking through. Northerlies tend westerly in the afternoon. Coastal Otago is a little different with dry weather at first then showers from midday as southwesterlies freshen, showers may be briefly heavy then clearing evening. Any shower activity may deliver some snow to 500m.
Highs: 8-9

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz