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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Friday, 18-Apr

Heavy rain and severe gale warnings in force for many parts of New Zealand.

Northland to Taranaki, also Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

Periods of rain, with heavy and possibly thundery falls and severe gale northeasterlies in exposed places, gradually easing scattered showers from the north today. Some showers possibly heavy with isolated thunderstorms tomorrow.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay

Rain, some heavy, easing to scattered showers tomorrow.

Wanganui to Wellington, also Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson and Buller

Rain with some heavy falls. Severe gale southeasterlies in exposed places today. Rain clearing from Wanganui to Wellington overnight, but isolated showers tomorrow afternoon.

Canterbury, north Otago and Dunedin

Periods of rain, with heavy falls developing by tonight, easing late tomorrow.

Remainder of Otago

Patchy drizzle, turning to rain overnight, easing late tomorrow.

Westland

Scattered rain at times. Severe gale southeasterlies in exposed places, easing overnight.

Fiordland, Southland

Cloud increasing.

Chatham Islands

A few showers.

Outlook for following three days

Saturday

North Island, A period of morning or afternoon rain in the west, followed by a few showers, high cloud in the east. South Island, heavy rain along the west coast and rain about Nelson and northern Marlborough, rain clearing in the east clearing.

Sunday

North Island, showers or rain for most places, but fine spells in the east. South Island, rain in the north and west, mainly fine in the east and a few late showers in the south.

Monday

North Island, showers in the west, fine in the east but showers developing with a cool southwest change. South Island, showers for most places, mainly afternoon and evening inland.

Chatham Islands

Rain developing on Saturday, then easing to a few showers on Sunday. Occasional showers on Monday with a change to strong cool southwesterlies.

Issued: 11:12am Thursday, 17-Apr-2014