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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Sunday, 21-Dec

Northland to Kapiti, also Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Taihape

Rain, with some heavy falls, and possible thunderstorms from Taranaki northwards. Easing to a few showers in the morning.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Mostly fine. Brief rain overnight then a few showers in Hawkes Bay tomorrow afternoon.

Wellington

Rain developing this evening but becoming fine in the morning. Isolated showers tomorrow night.

Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds

Rain, clearing overnight and becoming fine.

Rest of Marlborough and Canterbury

Mainly fine. Rain about the ranges until morning. Inland showers tomorrow afternoon.

Buller to Fiordland

Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms. Easing to showers in the morning, then slowly clearing later.

Otago and Southland

Scattered rain clearing tomorrow morning. However a few showers for coastal Southland and North Otago later tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Drizzle, clearing tomorrow.

Outlook for following three days

Monday

North Island, a few showers in the south and east. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, fine or becoming fine in the north and east. A few showers in the west, and rain in Fiordland.

Tuesday

North Island, scattered showers, mainly north of Auckland and about the eastern ranges. South Island, rain in the far south clearing. Elsewhere, mainly fine, afternoon and evening showers about the ranges.

Wednesday

North Island, mainly fine in the east. Cloudy periods and a few showers elsewhere. South Island, mainly fine. Isolated afternoon and showers possible about Otago, and patchy drizzle about the fiords.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods on Monday and Tuesday. Winds changing southwest early Monday morning. A few showers on Wednesday and southwesterlies dying out.

Issued: 06:44pm Saturday, 20-Dec-2014