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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Wednesday, 28-Sep

Northern and western areas from Northland to Whanganui, including the central high country

Scattered showers, especially during the afternoon and evening, when some will be heavy and possibly thundery.

Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Periods of rain or showers, with some heavy falls about the hills and ranges.

Manawatu to Wellington

Mostly cloudy, with a few spots of rain.

Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and Westland

Occasional showers, especially during the afternoon and evening.

Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Cloudy periods. A few afternoon and evening showers inland and patchy drizzle along the east coast.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy.

Outlook for following three days

Thursday

North Island, rain in the east easing, sunny spells and a few showers elsewhere. South Island, cloudy periods and a few showers, especially in the north and east.

Friday

North Island, a few showers mainly in the east and central areas,fine spells developing elsewhere. South Island, sunny spells and a few showers.

Saturday

Cloud increasing and showers developing in the western areas of both the North and South Islands then turning to rain later. Fine spells and a few afternoon and evening showers elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods with a few showers and northeasterlies on Thursday and Friday. Showers becoming more frequent and Saturday as winds tend northwest.

Issued: 07:14am Wednesday, 28-Sep-2016