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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Saturday, 07-Mar

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

Any remain rain retreating to eastern Bay of Plenty tonight, otherwise fine or becoming fine. Rain spreading east again tomorrow, heavy with squally thunderstorms south of Auckland, easing to isolated showers in the north later.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Fine and cloudy periods tonight. Scattered showers tomorrow afternoon and evening.

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

Rain developing overnight or early morning with heavy thundery falls, easing to showers later.

The remainder of Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Fine tonight. Scattered showers tomorrow, turning to rain in Otago and Southland later.

Chatham Islands

Showers developing tonight, turning to rain tomorrow evening.

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: 07:34pm Friday, 06-Mar-2015