North Island, isolated early showers, turning to a period of rain for most. Mainly fine towards Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. South Island, morning rain in south and west, easing to a few showers later. A period of rain spreading elsewhere with a strong southwesterly change.
North Island, cloudy periods and isolated showers in the west. Scattered rain spreading up the east coast later. South Island, occasional showers in the far south and towards Buller, gradually easing. Fine or becoming fine elsewhere.
Fine for most. Rain developing later in the day about Fiordland and southern Westland.
Periods of showers or rain, with strong southwesterlies at times.Fine spells and easing winds by late Saturday.
Showers, heavy with possible squally thunderstorms and hail, and west to southwest gales. Showers becoming isolated from afternoon and winds gradually easing. Snow to 800 metres about the central high country this morning.
Fine at first. Heavy showers and possible thunderstorms with gale southerlies spreading north this morning, then clearing from afternoon.
Rain, with snow to 300 metres, easing to showers this morning, then clearing. Southerly gales easing this morning.
Fine apart from isolated showers.
Remaining showers clearing early this morning, then fine. However, rain returning to Westland tonight.
Showers clearing this morning, but returning this evening.
Rain from late morning.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Westerly 30 knots, rising to 40 knots this morning, then easing to southwest 25 knots this evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Northwest swell rising to 1 metre for a time. Poor visibility in showers, possibly thundery this morning.
Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 25 knots, easing Saturday 15 knots. Rough sea easing.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Southwest 35 knots, easing to 25 knots this evening.Very rough sea easing. Southwest swell rising to 5 metres. Poor visibility in showers, possibly thundery this morning south of Hokianga Harbour.
Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 25 knots, easing later Friday 15 knots. Becoming Saturday variable 10 knots. Rough sea easing. Heavy southwest swell, easing Thursday.
Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, Hauraki Gulf and Bream Head to Cape Colville.
A low over central New Zealand moves away to the east this morning, leaving a southwest flow over the country. A front reaches the lower South Island later tonight, then moves quickly across the country during Thursday, followed by a ridge of high pressure Friday.Another front moves onto the south of the South Island later Saturday.
Gale warning in force for all areas.
For Manukau and Waitemata Harbours: Wednesday: Westerly rising to 30 knots gusting 40 knots early morning. Changing southwest 35 knots gusting 50 knots around midday, easing to 30 knots gusting 40 knots in the afternoon and to 20 knots at night. Sea becoming very rough around midday, easing in the afternoon. Poor visibility in squally showers, possibly thundery, clearing afternoon. For Hauraki Gulf, and the area from Bream Head to Cape Colville: Wednesday: Northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots, turning westerly 30 knots gusting 40 knots in the morning. Changing southwest 35 knots gusting 50 knots around midday, easing to 30 knots gusting 40 knots late afternoon and to 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the evening. Sea becoming very rough around midday, easing late afternoon. Poor visibility in squally showers, possibly thundery, clearing afternoon.
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Southwest 25 knots, easing to 20 knots at night. Cloudy periods, few showers from afternoon. Friday: Southwest 20 knots, rising to 25 knots for a time. Cloudy periods,chance shower in the west. Saturday: Southwest easing to 15 knots early and to variable 5 knots late. Fine.
Swell forecast to midnight Saturday: West Coast: Southwest 3.5 metres, rising to 5 metres this morning, then easing to 3 metres Thursday and to 2 metres for a time Friday. East Coast: Northerly half a metre developing for a time this morning and afternoon.