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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Friday, 24-Oct

Northland to Kapiti, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Showers becoming isolated this afternoon, then clearing everywhere in the evening.

Gisborne to Wairarapa and also Wellington

Showers and cold southerlies developing this morning. Showers easing about Wellington in the evening.

Nelson

Mostly fine.

Buller and Westland

Remaining showers clearing this morning and becoming fine.

Marlborough and Canterbury

Showers and cold southwesterlies, with snow to 600 metres. Clearing late afternoon or evening.

Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Showers with snow to 400 metres and southwest gales. Showers clearing this afternoon and the winds easing.

Chatham Islands

Showers and strong cold southwesterlies developing this morning.

Outlook for following three days

Saturday

North Island, fine with early frosts inland. A few morning showers about the east coast clearing. South Island, Cloud increasing in the west with rain developing in Fiordland. Mainly fine in the east.

Sunday

North Island, mainly fine, cloud increasing in the west with patchy drizzle about the high ground south of Taupo. South Island, rain spreading from the south to most places, with heavy falls in the west. Gradually clearing from the south later.

Monday

North Island, Rain spreading to most places, clearing south of Taranaki to Hawkes Bay later. South Island, Rain north of Hokitika and North Otago, clearing then mainly fine, but isolated afternoon and evening showers about the ranges.

Chatham Islands

A few early showers on Saturday, then fine spells and strong cold southwesterlies easing. Cloudy periods and westerlies on Sunday. A period of rain with a southerly change on Monday.

Issued: 03:58am Friday, 24-Oct-2014