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Wednesday’s national forecast – Windy, showery & cooler for many (+8 Maps)

A spring surge of cooler air is spreading into the south and east of both islands today, dropping temperatures a little further and pushing showers northwards.

Only a few showers will make it into the very north of NZ today and it’s a similar story in the south of the South Island.

In the middle/central part of NZ rainfall totals are higher with 5 to 20mm possible – and up in the ranges add another 10 to 20mm more to that.

Windy weather will continue in Southland and coastal Otago, and a large portion of the North Island will get a surge of winds too, although nothing too serious at this stage.

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The western South Island, eastern North Island and upper North Island are all leaning warmer than average for Wednesday. Parts of Canterbury and Southland will lean a little colder than average this afternoon.

Overnight tonight that cooler air will bring a colder than average night to almost the entire North Island.

Here are the regional forecasts for Wednesday

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
A mix of sun and cloud and mostly dry, but the chance of cloud and showers increases the further south you are. Highest chance for wet weather in Waikato. NW Winds picking up.
Highs: 17 – 26

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Cloudy with some patchy rain around. W to NW winds brisk in exposed areas.
Highs: 16 – 20

Eastern North Island
Rain clouds developing in the south, like around Wairarapa in particular. Showers or some areas of rain may move further north. Totals are higher the further south you go. Hottest inland from Gisborne. Nor’westers for most.
Highs: 18 – 28

Rain developing and setting in with around 20mm forecast. Southerlies kicking in later.
High: 16 or 17

Marlborough & Nelson
Areas of rain developing with a few heavier falls on the Nelson side. Variable winds with a S to SE winds developing later.
Highs: 15 – 18

A much cooler day then showers or patchy rain, with a higher chance of wet weather through inland North Canterbury. E to SE winds.
Highs: 12-17

West Coast
Rain moving into the upper half of the West Coast and then clearing to showers and increasing dry spells and dry by midnight. Brisk W to SW winds.
Highs: 16 or 17

Southland & Otago
A colder day with showers. Strong W to SW winds, especially in exposed parts of Southland. Driest through Central Otago to Queenstown.
Highs: 12-18



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