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Wednesday’s national forecast – An unsettled day (+10 maps)

A cold southerly airflow lies over the country today although a ridge about the far south is starting to see conditions easing there.

Rain or showers for most regions today, any early showers about the far south clear then becoming dry. Temperatures will be quite cold, just perhaps Gisborne cracking 20 degrees first thing this morning and Auckland / Northland may see highs in the early twenties this afternoon.

Please refer to your local, hourly, 10 day forecast for more details.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Showers and sunny spells with southwesterlies freshening this morning. Winds change southeasterly in the evening for Waikato and Bay Of Plenty with showers increasing then moving into Auckland overnight.
Highs: 19-22

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Early heavy showers then easing and becoming few with dry spells. There may be some rain in the evening, mainly about the ranges to the east and for southern Taranaki. Light winds change to the southeast in the morning.
Highs: 11-16

Eastern North Island

Showers, turning to rain in the afternoon as southerlies tend southeast. Rain may be heavy overnight. Gisborne may be dry first thing with warm temperatures then southerlies develop during the morning bringing showers.
Highs: 13-20


Cloudy with showers for much of the day, fresh blustery southeasterlies.
Highs: 12-13

Marlborough & Nelson

Morning rain then easing to showers and dry spells, snow flurries to 800m lower to 600m in the afternoon. Fresh southeasterlies.
Highs: 10-14


Morning rain eases then clears near the coast, inland showers may continue through till evening. Parts of northern North Canterbury sees rain easing to showers this evening then clearing overnight. Snow to 600 or 500m in the north, 400m in the south. Snow levels about northern North Canterbury may drop to 400m this evening for a time before clearing overnight. Accumulations at the lower levels mentioned will be minimal to nothing, naturally higher up snow will be more likely to settle. Cold southerlies ease later in the day.
Highs: 6-11

West Coast

Mostly sunny for Fiordland, rain further north inland about the mountains with the odd spit or shower possibly reaching to the coast at times spreading from the east clears this morning. Remaining rain or showers clearing Buller this evening. Some snow in the mountains down to 600 or possibly 500m. Southeasterly winds.
Highs: 11-15

Southland & Otago
Any morning showers clear then sunny spells increase. Light winds inland, southwesterlies near the coast tend east to northeast by evening.
Highs: 9-11

Wednesday 12th May 3:00pm MSLP / Rain map –
Thursday 13th May 3:00pm MSLP / Rain map –
Wednesday 12th May 3:00pm Wind map –
Thursday 13th May 3:00pm Wind map –
Wednesday 12th May 3:00pm Temperature map –
Thursday 13th May 3:00pm Temperature map –
Map shows: Minimum Temperature Below Zero (°c) between time listed and following 6 hours. Map for Thursday 12:01am
GFS model data provided by NOAA.
Map shows: Minimum Temperature Below Zero (°c) between time listed and following 6 hours. Map for Friday 12:01am
GFS model data provided by NOAA.
Wednesday 12th May 3:00pm Swell map –
Thursday 13th May 3:00pm Swell map –


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