weather warning

An active frontal system is moving across the North Island this morning,bringing further rain and northwest gales

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island: Showers, especially in the west, easing later and clearing north of Taupo. Snow to 600 metres about the Central Plateau. South Island: Showers, falling as snow to 400 metres but to low levels in the far south. Becoming fine about Westland, Canterbury and Marlborough.


North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Taranaki to Northland, easing. Becoming fine elsewhere. South Island: Showers in the far south, falling as snow at first. Fine or becoming fine elsewhere. Possible early severe frosts about interior basins.


Isolated showers about Northland. Rain about Fiordland, spreading to southern Westland later. Mainly fine elsewhere.


Rain spreading up the South Island west coast, reaching the lower North Island late. Early scattered rain about Southland and Otago. Cloud increasing elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Frequent showers and strong, cold west to southwesterlies, all easing on Thursday.

Significant Weather Statement

Significant weather, including snow to sea level in the far south, affects the country over the next few days. Check the latest watches and warnings.

For all of the North Island

Scattered showers, mainly south of Auckland and Bay of Plenty, becoming widespread and heavy at times, with hail possible tomorrow. Thunderstorms possible about coastal areas from Waikato to Kapiti.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Scattered showers, some heavy with hail. But mainly fine this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Snow lowering to 400 metres later tomorrow.

Buller and Westland

Showers, some heavy with hail and possible thunderstorms. Snow lowering to 400 metres in Buller and 200 metres in Westland tomorrow.

Clutha, Southland and Fiordland

Showers, some heavy with hail and possible thunderstorms. Snow level lowering to sea level tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Rain, briefly heavy with possible thunderstorms, turning to showers tonight. More heavy falls with hail and thunderstorms possible tomorrow evening.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Sunday : Southwest 35 knots, easing to westerly 25 knots this afternoon. Very rough sea easing. Southwest swell rising to 2 metres. Northeast swell 2 metres. Monday : Westerly 25 knots, rising to northwest 35 knots in the morning. Changing southwest 35 knots early afternoon, easing back to 25 knots by evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Northeast 2 metres. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres offshore, period 13 seconds. Poor visibility in periods of rain.

Outlook following 3 days: Tuesday: Southwest 35 knots developing in the morning, easing to 25 knots at night. Very rough sea easing. Southerly swell becoming heavy. Wednesday: Southwest 20 knots, easing to variable 10 knots late. Heavy southerly swell easing. Thursday: Northerly 15 knots developing. Moderate southerly swell.