SEVERE WESTERLY GALES FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND
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.
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.
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.
Occasional rain and westerly gales on Sunday, gradually easing during Monday. On Tuesday, southwesterlies and a few showers.
Showers, turning to rain at times tomorrow with thunderstorms in the west from afternoon. Snow to 700 metres about Taumarunui and Taihape tomorrow night, affecting higher roads.
Mostly fine. Brief rain tomorrow evening.
Fine tonight. Rain developing late morning tomorrow, with some heavy and thundery falls, clearing in the evening.
Fine, however, a few showers tomorrow afternoon.
Fine tonight. Rain developing tomorrow morning, with heavy and thundery falls, turning to showers in the afternoon. Snow to 500 metres at night.
Rain developing overnight, turning to showers tomorrow morning with thunderstorms and hail in the south. Snow lowering to 200 metres tomorrow evening.
Rain at times.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Southwest 25 knots, turning northwest 20 knots this morning, rising to 35 knots early this evening. Changing southwest 35 knots late this evening. Sea becoming very rough. Northwest 2 metres at times. Poor visibility in rain this evening.
Outlook following 3 days: Southwest easing Sunday afternoon 20 knots. Turning early Monday northwest 20 knots, rising overnight Monday westerly 35 knots. Easing early Tuesday southwest 20 knots and late Tuesday 10 knots. Sea very rough at times.
Southwest 20 knots becoming northwest 20 knots this morning, rising to 30 knots this afternoon. Changing southwest 25 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough. Southwest swell 5 metres at times. Poor visibility in rain from afternoon with possible thunderstorms this evening.
Outlook following 3 days: Easing Sunday evening westerly 15 knots. Rising early Monday northwest 25 knots. Rising Monday night westerly 35 knots with very rough sea, then easing Tuesday southwest 15 knots. Heavy southwest swell easing Tuesday.
Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, Hauraki Gulf and Bream Head to Cape Colville.
A series of troughs embedded within an unsettled westerly flow affects the country through to the end of the weekend. On Monday, a low is expected to cross central New Zealand from the Tasman Sea, followed by a narrow ridge on Tuesday.
Strong wind advisory in force for all areas
For Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, the Hauraki Gulf and the area from Bream Head to Cape Colville: Saturday: Southwest 20 knots, becoming northwest 15 knots this morning. Northwest rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots early afternoon and to 30 knots gusting 40 knots late afternoon. Changing southwest 30 knots gusting 40 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough early afternoon. Cloudy periods. Poor visibility in showers from afternoon, turning to rain for a time this evening.
Outlook until midnight Tuesday: Sunday: Southwest 30 knots, easing to westerly 20 knots in the evening. A few showers. Monday: Turning northwest 20 knots early. Rising to westerly 30 knots late. A few showers, turning to rain. Tuesday: Easing to southwest 20 knots early, then easing to 15 knots late. Rain clearing.
Swell forecast to midnight Tuesday: East Coast: Northerly half a metre or less. West Coast: Southwest 4 metres easing to 3 metres early today. Rising to 4.5 metres overnight tonight, then easing to 4 metres late Sunday and to 3 metres late Monday.