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HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND AND NORTHWEST NELSON An active front, preceded by strong to gale northerlies, is expected to move eastwards across the South Island during Saturday

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North Island, rain easing to a few showers from the south. South Island, occasional rain or drizzle in most places, but clearing in the south.


North Island, rain spreading to most places, but a few showers across Kapiti and Wellington. South Island, fine in the west, and rain or drizzle at times in the east.


North Island, periods of rain, with some heavy falls,easing to showers across Auckland and Northland later. South Island, rain developing in the east from Canterbury northward, and increasing cloudy periods elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

On Sunday, patchy drizzle turning to showers, as fresh northerlies change strong southerly. Showery southerlies on Monday. Becoming fine with northerlies on Tuesday.

Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula

Mainly fine. Few showers developing tomorrow evening.

Waikato to Wellington also Bay of Plenty and central high country

Cloud increasing. Rain developing tomorrow afternoon, with heavy falls about Mt Taranaki.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

High cloud increasing. Scattered rain developing tomorrow afternoon in Wairarapa and a few spots in Hawkes Bay later.

Marlborough, Nelson

Rain developing tomorrow morning in Nelson and northern Marlborough, heavy for a time and scattered falls spreading elsewhere, easing later.

Buller to Fiordland

Rain, heavy at times, easing tomorrow.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Scattered rain, clearing in the morning apart from isolated afternoon showers in Southland.

Chatham Islands



*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 15 knots, rising to 25 knots east of Kaikoura Peninsula early this morning. Becoming northeast 25 knots but 35 knots in the east for a time this afternoon and evening. Sea becoming very rough in the east for a time. Southwest swell 2 metres.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming Sunday morning southwest 20 knots, turning late Sunday southeast 15 knots, rising Tuesday easterly 25 knots with rough sea. Moderate southwest swell. Moderate easterly swell developing Tuesday.


Northeast 15 knots easing to variable 10 knots this evening. Sea slight. Southwest swell 2 metres. Poor visibility in rain easing this afternoon.Possible areas of fog this evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming Sunday morning southeast 15 knots, easing Monday variable 10 knots,becoming Tuesday northeast 15 knots. Moderate southwest swell.


Inshore waters from Lyttelton Harbour to the Waimakariri River mouth.

A trough extends east across the South Island from a complex low over the Tasman Sea. A ridge builds to the south of the country on Sunday.

GALE warning for CONWAY

Saturday: Variable 5 knots. Northeast 10 knots developing this morning,rising to 20 knots this afternoon, easing to southwest 10 knots late evening. Sea becoming moderate this afternoon, easing late evening. Fair visibility in scattered rain for a time this morning and afternoon.

Outlook until midnight Tuesday: Sunday: Southwest 10 knots turning easterly 10 knots in the evening. Rain or drizzle at times. Monday: Easterly 10 knots dying out. Rain or drizzle at times. Tuesday: Becoming northeast 15 knots. Periods of rain.

Swell forecast to midnight Tuesday: Southeast half a metre or less. Northeast half a metre dying out Sunday, rising to 1 metre Tuesday.