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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Saturday, 07-Mar

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

Rain spreading east this afternoon, possibly thundery in Taranaki and Waitomo today, becoming confined to eastern Bay of Plenty tonight. Rain developing from west tomorrow, some heavy with thunderstorms south of Auckland, easing to isolated showers in the north later.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay

Mainly fine, but brief rain south of Hastings today, and scattered showers from tomorrow afternoon.

Marlborough, Nelson, Buller, Westland, also Canterbury High Country

Heavy rain, with thunderstorms possible in the west, clearing this afternoon. Rain with heavy thundery falls developing tomorrow morning, easing to showers later.

The remainder of Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Scattered rain clearing this afternoon. Scattered showers tomorrow, turning to rain in Otago and Southland later.

Fiordland

Showers clearing this afternoon. Heavy rain developing tonight, easing to isolated showers tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Becoming cloudy, with showers developing tonight.

Outlook for following three days

Sunday

North Island, A few morning showers for most places then fine spells. South Island, Showers clearing east of the divide in the morning. However,isolated afternoon showers about inland Canterbury.

Monday

North Island, showers developing in the west from Taranaki to Wellington. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, a few showers in the south and west. Mainly fine elsewhere.

Tuesday

North Island, mainly fine apart from a few showers in the west south of Auckland. South Island, Showers for most places, becoming heavy in the west but remaining fine in the north.

Chatham Islands

Rain, briefly heavy with strong northerlies, changing westerly and easing to showers Sunday morning. Showers clearing on Monday and westerlies easing. Fine spells on Tuesday and northerlies developing.

Issued: 11:06am Friday, 06-Mar-2015