weather warning

A strong northwesterly flow develops over southern and central New Zealand on Thursday, ahead of a front approaching from the Tasman Sea

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, fine, some morning cloud in the west. South Island, morning rain for the west coast and showers about Southland, all easing. Fine elsewhere.


North Island, fine, some morning cloud in the west. South Island, rain spreading north again for the west coast, isolated falls spreading to Otago, Southland and Dunedin late in the day. Fine elsewhere.


North Island, fine, but some morning cloud in the west, and cloud lingers with isolated showers about Taranaki and Kapiti. South Island, rain along the west coast, scattered falls about Southland, Otago and Dunedin. Fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Strong westerlies through the forecast. A few showers midday Friday, then cloudy periods and isolated showers late Friday through early Sunday. Fine spells developing Sunday.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula

Morning cloud clearing then mainly fine. Patchy light rain developing south of Northland towards the evening.

Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Fine, apart from isolated afternoon showers.

Waitomo to Whanganui, including the central high country

Patchy light rain, clearing south of Taranaki this afternoon and elsewhere later.

Manawatu to Wellington, also Wairarapa

A few morning showers clearing then fine. Northerlies, changing southerly for a time this morning, then becoming strong late evening.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Fine. Northerlies from this morning, rising to gale in exposed places from evening.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Mainly fine. Rain developing in Fiordland this afternoon, then spreading north at night.

Otago and Southland

Mainly fine but rain developing in Southland and Clutha at night. Severe northwest gales in exposed places from later today.

Chatham Islands

Morning rain, clearing then fine.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 30 knots, easing to variable 10 knots early morning. Southerly 15 knots developing late morning,changing northerly 25 knots this afternoon, rising to 35 knots in the evening. Sea becoming very rough. Southeast swell 1 metre at times.

Outlook following 3 days: Easing Friday morning northerly 25 knots, and Friday evening 15 knots. Rising late Saturday 25 knots, and Sunday 35 knots with very rough sea.