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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Thursday, 06-Aug

Northland to Taranaki and Taihape, also Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Rain spreading south today, with heavy falls. Possible downpours and northerly gales overnight. Rain clearing tomorrow morning or early afternoon and fine spells developing.

Wanganui to Wellington, also Wairarapa

Rain spreading south this evening, heavy for a time overnight. Clearing to fine spells tomorrow morning.

Nelson and Buller

Fine today. Cloud increasing tomorrow, with rain after dark.

Westland and Fiordland

Cloudy periods and a few showers, turning to rain tomorrow with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms.

Marlborough to Mid-Canterbury

Fine.

South Canterbury to Southland

Fine today. Cloud increasing tomorrow, with a few showers spreading north.

Chatham Islands

Mainly fine today. Periods of rain tomorrow.

Outlook for following three days

Friday

North Island, rain or showers for most places, some heavy and thundery falls possible in the west. Brief scattered rain in the east. South Island, rain at times in the south and west, some heavy and possibly thundery falls in the west at first. Morning rain in the north and east, then high cloud.

Saturday

North Island, occasional rain or showers for most places,clearing Gisborne later. South Island, showers in the west gradually clearing. Scattered showers in the east, with snow to low levels. Mainly fine in Nelson.

Sunday

North Island, scattered showers, clearing from Waikato to north Taranaki and across to Bay of Plenty. South Island, fine in the west. Scattered showers in the east, with snow possible to low levels.

Chatham Islands

Rain to showers early Friday. Fresh northerlies turning westerly. A period of rain on Saturday then showers. Northwesterlies changing southwest. Showers with westerlies on Sunday.

Issued: 01:42pm Wednesday, 05-Aug-2015