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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Wednesday, 23-May

All the North Island, except Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Scattered showers, turning to rain and squally thunderstorms for a time overnight. Further showers tomorrow, with thunderstorms and hail north of Levin. Localised damaging wind gusts from late evening until early tomorrow morning.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Mainly fine today. Northwest gales in exposed places tonight. Tomorrow, a period of early rain, then fine breaks and isolated showers.

Nelson and Marlborough

Showers, turning to rain and thunderstorms for a time this evening. Showers retreating to the ranges tomorrow. Northwest gales, severe in exposed places until tonight.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Rain with heavy falls and thunderstorms, easing this evening. Further thunderstorms with hail overnight and tomorrow morning, then clearing south of Hokitika.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Rain in the west, spreading elsewhere at times today. Showers tomorrow, with snow lowering to 3-400 metres in Otago and Southland. Northwest gales in exposed places easing today.

Chatham Islands

Fine spells at first, rain developing tomorrow.

Outlook for following three days

Thursday

North Island, showers in the west, with possible thunderstorms.Dry in the east. Gales possible from Taihape south. South Island, rain in the west, possibly thundery, scattered falls about the Canterbury High Country, Otago and Southland with snow down to 500 metres there. Gales possible in Marlborough and Canterbury High Country.

Friday

North Island, showers developing everywhere but Gisborne. South Island, showers developing in the far south and east with snow down to 600 metres in the south. Clearing in the west and fine in central areas.

Saturday

North Island, showers in the north, and eastern areas including Wellington and Taranaki. Dry elsewhere. South Island, showers developing everywhere apart from inland Marlborough and the Canterbury High Country.

Chatham Islands

Fine spells with southwesterlies before showers develop late on Thursday in strong northwesterlies. Periods of rain on Friday, strong or gale northwesterlies, easing later. Occasional showers on Saturday with light southwesterlies.

Issued: 04:28pm Tuesday, 22-May-2018