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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Monday, 31-Aug

A deep low is forecast to lie west of the North Island during Monday, then move south later. Severe weather warnings and watches are in force for North Island and upper South Island.

Northland

Rain becoming widespread this afternoon, with some heavy falls.

Auckland to Taranaki, including Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Rain developing in Auckland this morning with some heavy falls, then spreading south. Easterly rising to gale about Taranaki and the high in the evening.

Gisborne to Wellington

Cloudy with drizzle, clearing Wellington later today. Rain developing north of Wairarapa this afternoon and evening, and elsewhere overnight.

Wanganui to Kapiti

Cloudy, with rain spreading south this evening.

Nelson and Buller to Fiordland, also Southland

Mostly fine. High cloud increasing north of Westland later today.

Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago

Cloudy with patchy drizzle.

Chatham Islands

A few showers.

Outlook for following three days

Tuesday

North Island, rain, heavy falls, easing from the north to a few showers. South Island, rain, mainly in the north and east, heavy falls in the north, dry in Fiordland and Southland.

Wednesday

North Island, showers, clearing in the east from Coromandel to Wairarapa. South Island, rain becoming widespread, easing to a few showers in the north and west.

Thursday

North Island, rain or showers in most places, clearing in the south later. South Island, rain or showers clearing, but still a few showers about northern ranges.

Friday

North Island, cloudy periods in the north and west, the odd shower in the north, mainly fine in the east. South Island, cloudy periods, with isolated showers in the far south.

Chatham Islands

On Tuesday, cloudy periods with early showers, northerlies developing. Rain developing on Wednesday and northeasterlies strengthening, lighter northwesterlies with showers later. On Thursday, rain or showers, winds tending southwest.

Issued: 11:32pm Sunday, 30-Aug-2015