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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Sunday, 03-Mar

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

Mostly cloudy with a few showers, turning to rain for a time this morning and afternoon, some possibly heavy with thunderstorms in the west.

Gisborne and Hawke's Bay

Mostly cloudy, with scattered rain late morning and afternoon, clearing to fine in the evening

Whanganui to Wellington and Wairarapa, also Nelson and Marlborough

Scattered rain, with possible thunderstorms in the east this morning, then isolated showers.

Canterbury

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers, clearing to fine this afternoon.

Buller and Westland

Occasional rain or showers, possibly heavy clearing this morning, then returning in the evening

Otago and Southland

Scattered rain or showers, clearing this morning then mainly fine.

Fiordland

A showers, turning to rain with heavy falls later this evening.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy with drizzle.

Outlook for following three days

Monday

Rain sweeps across most of the country, possibly heavy and thundery for a time particularly in western regions. However, only brief rain developing for Canterbury to Kaikoura, and late rain for Hawke's Bay to Gisborne.

Tuesday

Showers about western regions of both islands, and about Southland and southern Otago. Mainly fine with only isolated showers elsewhere.

Wednesday

A few early showers around the North Island, and about Southland and Buller, gradually clearing. Otherwise a fine day.

Chatham Islands

Fine at first on Monday, then northerlies strengthen, rising to gale late with rain developing. Rain turns to occasional showers early on Tuesday, with northwesterlies remaining strong to gale, all continuing through early Wednesday. Winds turn lighter southwest and showers ease later on Wednesday.

Issued: 11:14pm Saturday 2 Mar 2024