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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Thursday, 24-Apr

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Cloudy periods. Scattered light showers this afternoon or evening, mainly south of Dargaville.

Waikato to Wellington, including the central high country

Outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy and thundery about Waitomo, Taranaki and the Kapiti Coast.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

High cloud increasing. Scattered rain about Wairarapa this morning, with brief falls elsewhere later.

Western Nelson, Buller and Westland

Mostly cloudy with isolated showers.

Fiordland

Patchy rain this morning then fine spells. However, rain returns from evening.

Remainder of Nelson and Marlborough

Mostly fine.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Mainly fine, but areas of low cloud near the coast morning and evening.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy with patchy rain.

Outlook for following three days

Friday

North Island, periods of rain south of Hamilton and scattered falls spreading into Wairarapa. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, heavy rain in the west easing to a few showers. Morning rain in the south with westerly gales about the coast and brief showers elsewhere.

Saturday

North Island, a few showers in the north becoming confined to Northland. Fine elsewhere. South Island, fine apart from a few showers remaining about the fiords and Stewart Island.

Sunday

North Island, mainly fine, but cloud increasing from the north and west with the chance of a shower. South Island, cloud increasing. Rain developing in the west, spreading elsewhere overnight.

Chatham Islands

Drizzle on Friday with northerlies freshening. Showers and strong cooler southwesterlies on Saturday and Sunday.

Issued: 04:35am Thursday, 24-Apr-2014