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Wednesday’s national forecast

Sunny on the east coast of the North Island today with light winds and mild temperatures, brisk west to southwesterly winds elsewhere with cloudy areas and some sun at times, also the low risk of a shower passing through. Sunny areas will be longer in the Bay of Plenty with west to southwest winds only moderate to brisk. About Wellington and Cook Strait in particular northwesterlies are likely to be strong possibly gusting to gale force at times late afternoon and evening.

Some rain is likely in the west overnight from Taranaki through to Kapiti.

Northwesterlies freshening along the east coast of the South Island, it will be dry and warm with plenty of high cloud. Westerly winds will be quite strong about Southland gale force about the coast with a few showers, late afternoon southwesterlies develop bringing some rain. A few showers may move into Otago later in the evening or overnight with that southwest change. Cloudy weather is likely on the West Coast of the South Island with showers turning to rain in Fiordland by evening.

Nelson is likely to have sunny areas and some cloud with westerly breezes.

16 to 17 degrees again most likely across the North Island today, perhaps 18 about the Bay Of Plenty. On the east coast expect temperatures in the low 20’s however. 13 to 14 for Southland, Central Otago and along the West Coast in the South Island. Temperatures in the high teen’s or low 20’s from the Otago coastline through to Marlborough. A high of 17 expected in Nelson.


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