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Wednesday’s national forecast

Upper North Island

Cloudy and mostly dry to start, northerly breezes. Showers develop mid morning turning to rain in the afternoon. Upper parts of Northland may only receive a few showers from afternoon. Any morning spots of rain clear in Gisborne, expect high cloud with gusty northwesterlies.
HIGHS: 21-23, 26-27 in Gisborne

Lower North Island

Cloudy skies with gusty north to northwesterly winds gale force about Cook Strait, the odd shower turning to rain in the afternoon then easing later at night. High cloud on the east coast, any morning showers clear about Hawkes Bay then in the evening a few showers may spill into Wairarapa from the west.
HIGHS: 18-19 in the west and about Wellington. High 20’s about Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay.

Upper South Island

Cloudy on the West Coast with rain heavy at first then easing during the afternoon as strong northerlies tend more westerly. The odd shower about Nelson with gusty northerlies, rain in the afternoon easing to showers by evening then clearing at night. High cloud in Marlborough with strong northwesterlies, showers about inland western areas. Rain about the Sounds with gale force northwesterlies. Any morning rain clears about Canterbury, becoming mostly sunny after midday with gusty northwesterlies strong about North Canterbury.
HIGHS: 18 on the West Coast, 21 in Nelson. 27-29 about Canterbury and Marlborough

Lower South Island

Mostly sunny with northerly breezes, in the afternoon winds change southwest about Southland and coastal Otago bringing showers possibly heavy and thundery then clearing later in the evening. Inland areas will remain mostly dry although northwesterlies will be breezy in the afternoon.
HIGHS: 20-23 in Otago, 17-18 for Southland, 15-16 on the West Coast south of the Glaciers.


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