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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Saturday, 30-Jul

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

Showers, turning to rain for time today, with thunderstorms in the west from afternoon. Snow to 700 metres about Taumarunui and Taihape at night, affecting higher roads.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay

Mostly fine. Brief rain this evening.

Manawatu to Wellington, also Wairarapa, Marlborough and Nelson

Rain developing late morning, with some heavy and thundery falls, clearing in the evening.

Canterbury

Scattered showers developing this afternoon, then retreating to Banks Peninsula in the evening.

Buller, Westland

Rain developing this morning, with heavy and thundery falls, turning to showers in the afternoon. Snow to 500 metres at night.

Otago, Southland, Fiordland

Rain turning to showers this morning with thunderstorms and hail in the south. Snow lowering to 200 metres in the evening and to near sea level at night.

Chatham Islands

Showers clearing this morning, then fine spells.

Outlook for following three days

Sunday

Showers for western and central parts of the North Island, some heavy at first with snow affecting higher parts of Hawkes Bay, Taihape and Taumarunui. Showers for the west and south of the South Island, with morning snow to near sea level in the far south. Elsewhere, mostly fine.

Monday

North Island, a period of rain and northwesterlies for western areas, followed by showers in the west and south. South Island, morning rain in the west, then a few showers for most places as winds turn southwest.

Tuesday

North Island, a showery start to the day for most places, but clearing later and southwest winds easing. South Island, fine apart from early showers in the south and east,and some late rain for Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Occasional rain and westerly gales on Sunday, gradually easing during Monday. On Tuesday, southwesterlies and a few showers.

Issued: 11:18pm Friday, 29-Jul-2016