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Wednesday’s national forecast

A low pressure system affects the North Island today, the main rain bearing front clears upper North Island areas early then pushes rain into eastern regions from morning. Chance of thunderstorms from Taranaki through to Waikato afternoon and evening. In the South Island things are rather tame with some rain or showers affecting the northeast of the island.

Northland
Sunny spells with light winds at first, sea breezes by midday. Showers develop in the afternoon possibly heavy then easing overnight
Highs: 19

Auckland
Early morning rain clears then sunny spells develop with light winds and sea breezes. By midday a few isolated showers develop some of which could be heavy in the afternoon then clearing early evening.
Highs: 18-19

Bay Of Plenty, Waikato
Heavy morning rain eases to showers then clears early afternoon, sunny spells in the afternoon with east to northeast breezes. About inland Bay Of Plenty and especially the Waikato late afternoon showers develop again this time a few of which become heavy and thundery then clearing later in the evening.
Highs: 18-19

Central North Island
Rain develops in the morning and may be heavy for a time then eases to showers by evening. Showers clear later in the evening. Easterly breezes.
Highs: 15-16

Eastern North Island
Periods of rain, possibly heavy with easterly winds tending southeast later in the day. A few areas of rain could contain thunderstorms about Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay in the evening.
Highs: 17-18

Taranaki
Mainly cloudy with the odd shower, dry spells too. Rain from midday possibly heavy with thunderstorms as easterlies tend more southeast. Rain clears at night.
Highs: 16-17

Western North Island
Mainly cloudy skies, light northeasterlies in the morning. Some rain develops afternoon as southeasterly winds freshen.
Highs: 17-18

Wellington
Cloudy with periods of rain, brisk south to southeasterly winds.
Highs: 15-16

Nelson
Cloudy spells with southeasterlies, brisk in the afternoon. There may be a morning shower then mainly dry.
Highs: 18-19

Marlborough
Fairly cloudy with southeasterly winds, brisk in the afternoon. Expect some drizzle at times with precipitation a bit heavier near the coast in the form of showers.
High: 18

Canterbury
Cloudy with drizzle patches, clearing in the afternoon. Cool southerly breezes die out overnight. There may be a few breaks in the cloud overnight also.
Highs: 14-15

West Coast
Mostly sunny after any early cloudy clears, southeasterly breezes.
Highs: 20-22

Coastal Otago
Cloudy to start, a few sunny spells possible in the afternoon. Northeasterly winds freshen from morning becoming brisk in the afternoon.
High: 14

Southland & Central Otago
Morning cloud clears to a mostly sunny afternoon, light to moderate easterly breezes. Warmest temperatures about Central Otago.
Highs: 17-23

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson – WeatherWatch.co.nz

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