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extended nz forecast

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coastal marine forecast

Tuesday

North Island: A few showers, turning to rain in the west and south. Staying dry in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay. Gale northwest in Wellington and Wairarapa. South Island: Rain in the west and south at first, heavy and thundery at times, spreading elsewhere for a time.

Wednesday

North Island: Brief showers in the east. Elsewhere, rain or showers, easing. Gale northwest in Wellington and Wairarapa. South Island: Rain in the south and west, heavy at times. Mainly fine elsewhere. Gale or severe gale cold westerlies in the far south.

Thursday

North Island: A few showers in the west. Dry about Wellington and in the east. South Island: Showers in the west and far south easing. Fine elsewhere. Gale westerlies in the far south easing.

Friday

North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Northland to Manawatu clearing, fine elsewhere. South Island: Scattered showers in the west and far south becoming confined to Fiordland. Mainly fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

A few showers on Tuesday with strengthening northerlies. A period of rain on Wednesday, then showers clearing for a time on Thursday and winds changing westerly.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Showers developing this afternoon, with possible thunderstorms in the west. Clearing this evening, but showers returning for a time tomorrow morning.

Waikato to Kapiti, including the central high country

Periods of rain or showers today, with some heavy falls and possible thunderstorms. A few showers and fine spells tomorrow.

Gisborne, Hawke's Bay Wairarapa, and Wellington

Scattered afternoon and evening rain today, with possible thunderstorms in the west. Fine tomorrow, but a few showers about the Tararua District and northern Wellington.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Rain and thunderstorms about the ranges today, and scattered falls elsewhere. Mainly fine tomorrow, but a few afternoon and evening showers.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland, also Otago and Southland

Periods of rain or showers. Squally thunderstorms and hail, mainly afternoon and evening.

Chatham Islands

Occasional showers, clearing tomorrow.

Rangitata

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Sunday : Northwest 20 knots. Becoming southwest 30 knots but northwest 30 knots north of Timaru this evening. Sea becoming rough. Northeast swell 2 metres, easing inshore. Southwest swell 1 metre, period 11 seconds. Poor visibility in showers with thunderstorms possible. Monday : Becoming southwest 35 knots everywhere before dawn, easing to 20 knots mid morning. Becoming northerly 15 knots around midday rising to 30 knots by evening. Changing southwest 35 knots early evening, easing to 15 knots late evening. Sea very rough at times. Northeast swell 2 metres offshore, easing. Southwest swell 1 metre, period 11 seconds. Poor visibility in showers, easing for a time in the morning. Thunderstorms possible south of Waitaki River afternoon and evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Tuesday: Becoming northeast 25 knots early morning, becoming northwest 25 knots late. Sea becoming rough. Moderate northeast swell developing offshore. Wednesday: Changing southwest 15 knots, then northwest 15 knots later. Rough sea easing. Moderate northeast swell offshore easing. Moderate southwest swell developing. Thursday: Becoming southerly 15 knots, then easing to variable 10 knots. Moderate southwest swell.