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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Thursday, 21-Aug

Northland and Coromandel

A few showers in Northland becoming confined to the west coast, and a few showers developing about the Coromandel Peninsula this afternoon.

Auckland to north Taranaki, including Taumarunui, Taupo and Bay of Plenty

Fine. Areas of cloud about Auckland clearing this afternoon.

Southern Taranaki, Taihape and Wanganui

Areas of cloud. A few showers, with snow lowering to about 500 metres later today.

Manawatu and Kapiti

Fine spells, and the odd shower.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Wellington

Showers spreading north today, with snow lowering to about 500 metres later today.

Nelson, Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Fine weather.

Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Scattered showers and cold southerlies, falling as snow above about 300 metres. Showers clearing from central Otago and the Mackenzie Basin this afternoon.

Chatham Islands

Showers and cold southerlies.

Outlook for following three days

Friday

A few showers in the east and south of both islands and fine elsewhere.

Saturday

Cloudy in the south and east of both islands with a few showers and fine elsewhere.

Sunday

North Island, showers about Gisborne and Hawkes Bay and a few showers further south. Fine elsewhere. South Island, a few showers in the south and about the Kaikoura Coast, also western ranges of Nelson. Fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Showers on Friday with southwest gales easing for a time. Further showers over the weekend with strong southerlies.

Issued: 06:59am Thursday, 21-Aug-2014