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Thursday

North Island, isolated morning showers in the north, and from Gisborne to Wellington, otherwise mainly fine. South Island, rain developing in Fiordland, otherwise mainly fine.

Friday

North Island, cloudy periods increasing in the west, fine in the east. South Island, rain spreading north in the west, with some heavy falls possible. Increasing high cloud in the east, with late rain in the south.

Saturday

North Island, mostly cloudy in the west, with occasional showers from Waikato to Wellington, fine elsewhere. South Island, rain easing to a few showers in the west, brief rain then mainly fine in the east.

Chatham Islands

Occasional showers and southerlies easing on Thursday. Showers clearing and southerlies dying out on Friday. Northerlies developing on Saturday and cloudy periods increasing.

Northland to Taranaki, including Coromandel and Taumarunui

Showers, some heavy with hail and isolated thunderstorms, easing overnight.

Bay of Plenty and Taupo

A few showers, becoming confined to the ranges overnight.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

Occasional showers spreading north from tonight, some heavy.

Wanganui and Taihape

Showers and cloudy periods increasing. Snow about high level roads tomorrow evening.

Manawatu, Horowhenua and Kapiti Coast

Showers, possibly thundery, clearing overnight.

Wellington and Marlborough

Fine, apart from a few showers this evening and again from tomorrow afternoon.

Nelson

Showers, mainly about western ranges, possibly thundery until tonight.

Buller and Westland

Showers, some heavy and possibly thundery at first, clearing in Westland this afternoon.

Fiordland, also Canterbury, Otago and Southland

A few showers, more frequent in Fiordland and Southland from this evening, with snow lowering to 600 metres tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Rain, clearing overnight.

Conway

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Variable 10 knots. Changing southwest 15 knots late this afternoon then rising to 25 knots overnight. Rising to southwest 35 knots early Wednesday afternoon, easing to 25 knots south of Kaikoura Wednesday evening. Sea becoming very rough, then easing in the south.Northeast swell 2 metres dying out. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres. Fair visibility in occasional showers.

Outlook following 3 days: Easing Thursday morning southwest 15 knots, then turning late Thursday northerly 15 knots and rising late Friday 25 knots with rough sea, changing early Saturday southwest 20 knots, becoming late Saturday northeast 15 knots. Moderate southwest swell easing Friday.

Rangitata

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Southwest 15 knots rising to 25 knots offshore overnight and to 35 knots everywhere Wednesday morning.Easing to southwest 25 knots Wednesday afternoon and to 15 knots late Wednesday evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Northeast swell 2 metres dying out. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres. Fair visibility in occasional showers.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming Thursday morning northerly 15 knots, rising late Friday 25 knots with rough sea, changing early Saturday southerly 20 knots then turning late Saturday northerly 20 knots. Moderate southwest swell easing Friday.

Christchurch

Inshore waters from Lyttelton Harbour to the Waimakariri River mouth.

Situation
A complex trough affects New Zealand today followed by disturbed southwesterlies. A ridge moves onto the South Island late Wednesday. An active front, preceded by strong northwesterlies, moves onto the lower South Island late Friday, and over the region on Saturday.

Warning
GALE warning for CONWAY

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Tuesday: Southwest 10 knots rising to 15 knots late this evening. Sea slight. Mainly fine but fair visibility in the odd evening shower. Wednesday: Southwest 15 knots rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots late morning, and to 30 knots gusting 40 knots for a time in the afternoon. Easing to 15 knots late evening. Sea becoming rough late morning, easing late evening. Fair visibility in a few evening showers.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Southwest 10 knots dying out morning. Northeast 10 knots developing afternoon. Fine. Friday: Northeast rising to 15 knots. Fine. Saturday: Changing southwest 15 knots early, turning northeast 10 knots late. Mainly fine, brief rain.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Saturday: Northeast 1.5 metres easing to half a metre tonight, dying out Wednesday. Northeast half a metre developing again late Friday. Southeast about one metre developing Wednesday, easing to half a metre Thursday, dying out Friday.