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Brief Forecast for all New Zealand

Valid to Midnight Thursday, 29-Jan

Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula

Fine spells and a few showers, although not many, if any in Auckland.

Waikato and Waitomo, also Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Mainly fine, but isolated afternoon and evening showers, especially from Bay of Plenty to the central high country where some could be heavy.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

Scattered showers, especially about the ranges.

Taranaki to Wellington

Fine.

Coastal Marlborough, the Canterbury coast and Plains, also coastal Otago and Southland

Patchy drizzle or mist, but fine spells for a time this afternoon.

For the remainder of the South Island

Mostly fine, but isolated afternoon and evening showers about the ranges.

Chatham Islands

Occasional rain or drizzle.

Outlook for following three days

Friday

North Island, a few drizzle patches about eastern coasts, mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, patchy drizzle in the east, long fine spells elsewhere, but rain developing south of the Glaciers and scattered falls further east later.

Saturday

North Island, cloudy periods north of the Bombay Hills, with east coast drizzle patches, scattered light rain or drizzle elsewhere, but dry from Horowhenua to Wellington. South Island, rain spreading up the west coast, high cloud and a few spots of rain elsewhere.

Sunday

North Island, cloudy periods from Waitomo to Coromandel northwards, with east coast drizzle patches, occasional light rain or drizzle elsewhere. South Island, rain in the west, with heavy falls for a time,scattered rain further east clearing from Southland to Canterbury.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy, with drizzle at times. Southerly winds dying out on Saturday, northeasterlies developing on Sunday.

Issued: 04:16am Thursday, 29-Jan-2015