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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Saturday, 30-Jul

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

Showers, some heavy and thundery with hail and westerly gales, all gradually easing this evening but returning tomorrow. Snow lowering to 700 metres in Taihape tomorrow evening, affecting the Desert Rd.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Mostly fine today. Showers later tomorrow.

Wanganui to Wellington, also Nelson

Mostly fine today, but the odd shower about Wairarapa and Wellington this afternoon. Rain tomorrow, some heavy and thundery with hail, clearing south of Manawatu in the evening.

Marlborough and Canterbury

Fine today. Scattered showers tomorrow. t Buller and Westland

Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Isolated showers, clearing later today. Rain tomorrow, some heavy and thundery with hail. Snow lowering to 200 metres tomorrow evening.

Chatham Islands

Rain, with some heavy and thundery falls clearing tomorrow. Gale southwesterlies tonight.

Outlook for following three days

Sunday

Showers for western and central parts of the North Island, some heavy at first with snow affecting higher parts of Hawkes Bay, Taihape and Taumarunui. Showers for the west and south of the South Island, with morning snow to near sea level in the far south. Elsewhere, mostly fine.

Monday

North Island, a period of rain and northwesterlies for western areas, followed by showers in the west and south. South Island, morning rain in the west, then a few showers for most places as winds turn southwest.

Tuesday

North Island, a showery start to the day for most places, but clearing later and southwest winds easing. South Island, fine apart from early showers in the south and east,and some late rain for Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Occasional rain and westerly gales on Sunday, gradually easing during Monday. On Tuesday, southwesterlies and a few showers.

Issued: 11:27am Friday, 29-Jul-2016