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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Wednesday, 31-Aug

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

Cloudy periods and isolated showers, clearing south of Wairoa this morning and elsewhere during the afternoon.

For the remainder of the North Island, also Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and inland Southland

Fine, apart from a few areas of morning cloud.

Buller, Westland, Fiordland and coastal Southland

Cloudy periods and isolated showers.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods.

Outlook for following three days

Thursday

North Island, cloud increasing in the west with isolated showers developing. Morning drizzle for Bay of Plenty. Fine elsewhere. South Island, rain in the west, heavy in Fiordland and southern Westland later. High cloud thickening elsewhere, late rain for Southland.

Friday

North Island, showers becoming widespread in the west, just brief showers for Wellington and Wairarapa. Remaining dry elsewhere. South Island, rain in the west, heavy at first, clearing Westland later. Mainly fine elsewhere, early rain in the south.

Saturday

North Island, few showers clearing and becoming fine. South Island, showers in Buller and Fiordland clearing early, few showers in the south and about coastal parts of Otago and Canterbury clearing later. Mainly fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods on Thursday, with a few showers possible. Winds turning northwest. Northwesterlies strengthening on Friday and a few showers. Rain at times on Saturday with a change to southwesterlies.

Issued: 03:48am Wednesday, 31-Aug-2016