PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TODAY FOR EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY, MOUNT TARANAKI, THE TARARUA RANGE AND BULLER A complex trough is moving eastwards across New Zealand today, with bands of heavy rain and squally thunderstorms affecting central and northern New Zealand
North Island, a few showers in the north and west turning to rain about Taranaki afternoon and other areas in the evening. Fine in the east. South Island, a few showers in the far south and also about Buller, then evening rain in the north. Mainly fine elsewhere.
North Island, morning rain, with thundery falls in the west, followed by showers. South Island, thundery rain in the north easing during the morning. Rain in the east with snow down to 800 metres about the high country and a few showers in the far south, but mainly fine about Fiordland.
North Island, showers, but only a few in the far south and east. South Island, a few showers and fine spells.
Showers clearing on Friday with westerlies easing. Heavy rain and strong northeasterlies on Saturday, then showers on Sunday with northerlies turning westerly and rising to gale.
Showers, some heavy with hail and squally thunderstorms, gradually easing north of Waitomo tomorrow.
A few showers, some heavy with thunderstorms today.
Mainly fine, but the odd shower at times today.
A few showers, some heavy, with possible thunderstorms today.
Rain, possibly heavy and thundery, clearing this afternoon but a few showers again tomorrow morning.
Mainly fine. The odd shower at times.
Cloudy at times, with a few showers, and snow possible down to 900 metres tomorrow.
Occasional rain or showers, with some heavy and possibly thundery falls.
Occasional showers, some heavy tomorrow evening.
Northwest 25 knots. Sea rough. Northerly swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in showers, with squally thunderstorms this afternoon.
Outlook following 3 days: Westerly 25 knots. Becoming late Friday northerly 25 knots, and rising Saturday northwest 35 knots with very rough sea. Moderate northerly swell at times.
Northwest 25 knots, becoming southwest 25 knots late this evening.Sea rough. Southwest swell, rising to 5 metres for a time. Northwest swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in showers, with squally thunderstorms at times.
Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 25 knots. Turning early Friday northwest 20 knots, rising later Friday northerly 30 knots, and Friday night northwest 40 knots with very rough sea. Heavy westerly swell, easing Thursday. Northwest swell becoming heavy on Saturday.
Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, Hauraki Gulf and Bream Head to Cape Colville.
A large complex trough, with several embedded fronts and low centres, moves slowly eastwards over New Zealand today, followed by a weak ridge of high pressure on Friday. Another large trough is expected to cross the country from the west on Saturday, leaving westerlies over the North Island.
Squall warning in force for all areas. Waves may rise rapidly during squalls.
Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, Hauraki Gulf, and Bream Head to Cape Colville: Wednesday: Northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots, easing to westerly 20 knots this evening. Gusts of 50 knots in squalls this afternoon and evening. Rough sea easing this evening, but waves may rise rapidly during squalls. Poor visibility in showers, with squally thunderstorms until late evening. Thursday: Westerly 20 knots, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots late morning, then easing to 20 knots again in the evening. Sea becoming rough late morning, easing in the evening. Fair visibility in occasional showers.
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Westerly 20 knots tending northwest 15 knots in the morning, rising to northerly 25 knots in the evening. A few showers and fine spells, evening rain. Saturday: Northerly 25 knots, easing to northwest 20 knots early, rising to 30 knots late. Morning rain, easing to showers. Sunday: Northwest easing to 20 knots early, rising to 25 knots late. Showers, some heavy.
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: East Coast: Northwest 1 metre rising to 2 metres today then easing to 1 metre Thursday and to half a metre Friday. Rising to northerly 2 metres on Saturday, easing to 1.5 metres Sunday. West Coast: Southwest 3 metres, rising to 5 metres today, then easing to 3 metres Thursday and to 2 metres Saturday. Northwest 2.5 metres developing late Friday, rising to 3 metres Saturday, easing to 2.5 metres Sunday.