weather warning

PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND CANTERBURY NEAR THE DIVIDE TODAY AND THURSDAY Fronts embedded in a moist northwesterly flow are expected to bring periods of heavy rain to the west of the South Island today

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North Island, occasional showers in the far north, some rain elsewhere, but just a few spots over the east coast. South Island, few showers in the south and west. Early showers in the north then fine.


North Island, mainly fine about the east coast, a few showers elsewhere. South Island, rain becoming widespread, with some heavy falls in the west.


North Island, a few showers in the far north, a period of rain spreading elsewhere. South Island, early rain in the north, easing to a few showers, and a few showers elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

On Friday, rain developing in the morning, then easing to a few showers later, with strong northerlies easing, and turning southwest. On Saturday, cloudy periods and northwesterlies developing. And on Sunday, showers and a cool southwest change.

In the north and west from Northland to Manawatu, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Often cloudy. Drizzle patches developing about Bay of Plenty and Taupo tomorrow, and isolated afternoon and evening showers elsewhere.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Mostly fine, but isolated afternoon and evening showers inland tomorrow.

Horowhenua, Kapiti and Wellington, also Wairarapa

Mostly cloudy. Drizzle patches, mainly about the ranges.

Marlborough, Nelson and Buller

Occasional rain, more persistent and heavier about Nelson and Buller tomorrow evening.

Westland and Fiordland

Rain, with some heavy falls, easing to showers in Fiordland tomorrow morning and in Westland during the afternoon.


Fine and warm tonight. High cloud tomorrow, with rain about the Alps, and a few showers elsewhere in the afternoon and evening.

Otago and Southland

Fine and warm tonight. A period of rain tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Rain tomorrow night.


Easterly 15 knots, becoming northerly 10 knots Thursday afternoon.Sea slight. Northeast swell, 2 metres.

Outlook following 3 days: Northerly 10 knots, changing overnight Friday westerly 15 knots. Moderate northeast swell,easing Friday.


Variable 10 knots but easterly 15 knots north of Cape Reinga, easing to variable 10 knots everywhere this evening. Sea slight. Northeast swell in the north, 2 metres. Northwest swell, 1 metre developing.

Outlook following 3 days: Variable 10 knots. Developing overnight Friday westerly 15 knots.


Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, Hauraki Gulf and Bream Head to Cape Colville.

A ridge moves off the North Island to the east today. Several fronts move over New Zealand during the remainder of the forecast period.

Wind warning Nil

Manukau Harbour: Wednesday: Northeast 10 knots. Sea slight. Fine spells. Thursday: Northeast 10 knots easing to variable 5 knots in the morning. Sea slight. Cloudy periods. Waitemata Harbour: Wednesday: Northeast 10 knots rising to 15 knots for a time this afternoon and evening. Sea slight. Fine spells. Thursday: Northeast 10 knots, easing to variable 5 knots in the evening. Sea slight. Cloudy periods. Hauraki Gulf and the area from Bream Head to Cape Colville: Wednesday: Easterly 15 knots tending northeast 15 knots this evening. Sea slight. Fine spells. Thursday: Northeast 15 knots, easing to easterly 10 knots during the morning. Turning northerly 10 knots in the evening. Sea slight. Cloudy periods.

Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northerly 10 knots, turning southwest 10 knots late evening. Occasional showers. Saturday: Southwest rising to 15 knots in the morning. A few showers. Sunday: Westerly 15 knots. One or two showers turning to rain at night.

Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: East Coast: Northeast 1.5 metres rising to 2 metres today, easing to 1.5 metres Friday and to 1 metre Sunday. West Coast: Westerly half a metre, rising to southwest 1.5 metres Friday.