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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Wednesday, 17-Sep

Northland to Wanganui, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Fine spells. Isolated showers, mainly in the west, clearing this evening.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Mostly fine, although isolated showers late this afternoon and evening, mainly about the ranges.

Manawatu to Wellington and also Wairarapa

Fine at first. However, a southerly change spreading north this afternoon brings showers, some heavy. The showers then clearing tonight.

Nelson and Marlborough

Mainly fine, however isolated showers about the ranges and Kaikoura Coast until evening.

Buller and northern Westland

Showers clearing from the south this afternoon.

Southern Westland and Fiordland

Fine.

Coastal Canterbury and Otago

A few showers, clearing later this afternoon or evening.

Inland Canterbury and Otago, also Southland

Remaining showers clearing this morning and fine spells increasing.

Chatham Islands

Showers.

Outlook for following three days

Thursday

Rain spreading from the west, heavy in Taranaki and from Buller to Fiordland. Only scattered rain in the east.

Friday

Rain or showers, heavy falls in the west, but little if any rain reaching eastern areas. Southerlies moving onto the far south in the evening with snow lowering to 500 metres.

Saturday

Rain or showers in most places, with snow lowering to 600 metres in Marlborough later, and to near sea level in the far south. Cold southerlies spreading north as far as Taranaki to Wairarapa at nignt.

Chatham Islands

Showers clearing on Thursday and southerlies dying away. Rain developing on Friday with strengthening northerlies. Rain or drizzle at times on Saturday, and northerlies abating.

Issued: 07:57am Wednesday, 17-Sep-2014