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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Friday, 29-Apr

Northland to Wellington, including Coromandel, Taupo and Taihape

Mostly cloudy. Sunny breaks in the afternoon.

For the remainder of the North Island, also Nelson and Marlborough

Fine weather.

Canterbury

Fine at first. Cloud increasing this afternoon and a few coastal showers developing south of Christchurch.

Otago and Southland

Cloud increasing and scattered rain developing this morning, easing to a few showers in the afternoon and becoming confined to coastal areas in the evening.

Buller and Westland

Cloud increasing this morning, and showers developing in Westland in the afternoon.

Fiordland

Patchy drizzle, turning to rain this morning with possible heavy falls. The rain easing in the afternoon and clearing by evening.

Chatham Islands

Fine at first. A few showers developing this afternoon.

Outlook for following three days

Saturday

North Island, becoming cloudy in the east and a few showers developing, mostly sunny elsewhere. South Island, a few early showers about the east coast clearing and becoming fine. Showers about the west coast, mainly fine in the north and in Southland.

Sunday

North Island, a few showers developing in Northland and in the southwest, long fine spells elsewhere. South Island, showers in the west, fine with some high cloud elsewhere.

Monday

North Island, cloudy periods and a few showers in the north and west. Mostly sunny about the east coast. South Island, rain with heavy falls in the west, scattered rain spreading to most other places.

Chatham Islands

On Saturday, southwesterlies strengthening for a time and a few showers. On Sunday, mainly fine with westerlies. On Monday, sunny breaks, northwesterlies developing.

Issued: 11:01pm Thursday, 28-Apr-2016