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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Saturday, 22-Nov

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Morning cloud, then fine. Rain developing this evening.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Mostly fine. Brief showers by evening.

Waikato and Taupo to Wellington, also Wairarapa, Marlborough and Nelson

Rain spreading everywhere this morning. Northwest gales, severe for a time in Wellington, Wairarapa and the Sounds. Rain easing to showers this afternoon, and winds changing to southerly in the evening.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Rain, heavy at times, with thunderstorms this morning, easing from the south later.

Canterbury

High cloud and few spots of rain. Showers and strong colder southerlies spreading north this afternoon, with squally thunderstorms, hail and gales for a time.

Otago, Southland

Rain spreading north this morning, with heavy falls, easing to isolated showers in the afternoon, then clearing later.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods. Rain developing this evening.

Outlook for following three days

Sunday

North Island, fine spells and scattered morning showers. South Island, mainly fine, morning cloud in the east, high cloud increasing in the south later with scattered evening rain.

Monday

North Island, mainly fine in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, a few showers in the north, scattered rain developing elsewhere. South Island, rain developing in the west, high cloud in the east, with scattered rain in Otago and Southland.

Tuesday

North Island, cloudy periods in the north, also Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, rain at times elsewhere. South Island, rain becoming heavier and more persistent in the west, scattered rain spreading further east.

Chatham Islands

Rain clearing on Sunday, and gale northwesterlies tending southwest then gradually dying away. Cloud increasing on Monday and northerlies developing. Rain at times on Tuesday.

Issued: 06:07am Saturday, 22-Nov-2014