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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Wednesday, 30-Jul

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty

Isolated showers, turning to rain this evening with some heavy and thundery falls possible tonight, clearing from the west tomorrow.

Waikato to Wellington including the central high country

Cloudy with a few showers in Taranaki at first. Rain spreading eastwards this afternoon and evening. Possible thunderstorms in Taranaki tonight.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Fine, apart from scattered rain in Wairarapa from evening.

Nelson and Marlborough

Rain clearing tonight, returning Wednesday evening.

Buller and Westland

Rain with heavy falls, easing to showers in Westland this morning and in Buller late afternoon. Rain returns Wednesday.

Fiordland

Occasional rain, with possible thunderstorms from afternoon.

Canterbury to Southland

Fine with high cloud. Northwest gales on Wednesday.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods.

Outlook for following three days

Thursday

North Island, occasional drizzle or rain from Waikato and the Central Plateau to Wellington, mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, heavy rain in the west, scattered brief rain further east.

Friday

North Island, occasional rain or drizzle from Waikato and Bay of Plenty to Wellington, cloudy periods elsewhere, but a few showers in the far north. South Island, heavy rain in the west, scattered brief rain elsewhere.

Saturday

North Island Occasional rain for most places, but dry with high cloud in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. South Island, Rain, heavy in the west, but just a few spots in Canterbury, turning to showers with a cooler southerly change.

Chatham Islands

Drizzle clearing on Thursday, then cloudy periods,with northwesterlies gradually rising to gale by Saturday.

Issued: 10:53am Tuesday, 29-Jul-2014