Wednesday Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of rain. Rain heavy at times in the west during this afternoon and early evening. Winds NW 30 to 45 km/h tending W 20 to 30 km/h in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures between 11 and 16. Low-Moderate.
Thursday Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers or snow. The chance of a thunderstorm and hail in the west in the morning and afternoon. Winds W 25 to 40 km/h.
Friday Partly cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers in the west, medium (50%) chance elsewhere. Snow falling above 800 metres in the morning. Winds W 25 to 35 km/h.
Saturday Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers. Winds W 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning.
Central Weather Forecasts
||Forecast||Min||Max||Chance of rain||Rain amount||Frost risk||9am||3pm|
||5||14||80%||1-5mm||Slight||W 9||85||W 12||61|
||2||14||70%||< 1mm||Moderate||W 17||77||WNW 21||57|
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