weather warning

SEVERE GALE NORTHWESTERLIES FOR THE EAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND A strong northwest flow covers the South Island ahead of an approaching front

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, a period of showers with a cool southwest change,then increasing fine spells. South Island, a few showers in the west and south, more frequent in the far south. Scattered showers in the east and north for a time, otherwise mainly fine.


North Island, mainly fine, evening cloud and a few showers in the northwest. South Island, cloudy periods in the west and south,with showers at times in the west, mainly fine elsewhere.


Cloudy periods in the west, with isolated showers in the northwest of the North Island, and also the west of the South Island.Otherwise mainly fine.

Chatham Islands

Brief rain early Thursday, followed by a few showers and southerlies, possibly strong for a time. Showers clearing to fine spells during Friday with winds turning strong westerly. Fine spells on Saturday with westerlies rising to gale for a time.


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

Cloud increasing in western areas, with evening drizzle about Kapiti and Wellington. Northwest gales in Wellington.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, also Marlborough and Nelson

Fine and warm. Northwest gales developing south of Napier.

Buller and northern Westland

Cloud increasing. Rain spreading north from afternoon.

Southern Westland and Fiordland

Patchy drizzle, turning to rain this morning. Snow to 600 metres in Fiordland tonight.

Canterbury and Otago

Mainly fine and warm, but rain in the west this evening. Northwesterlies rising to severe gale in exposed places this morning.


A period of rain this afternoon, followed by showers. Severe northwesterly gales this morning, then westerly gales near the coast from afternoon.

Chatham Islands

Mainly fine. Northwesterly gales.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 25 knots, rising to 40 knots this morning then changing southwest 35 knots this evening. Sea becoming very rough. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres offshore.

Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 35 knots with very rough sea, gradually easing Thursday evening southerly 15 knots, easing overnight Thursday variable 10 knots. Developing Friday westerly 15 knots. Southwest swell becoming heavy offshore Saturday.