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BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND AND SEVERE NORTHWEST GALES FOR CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY DURING FRIDAY


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Saturday

North Island, rain for most places, heavy falls possible north of Tararua Range. South Island, rain in the west, scattered falls in the north and south, but remaining dry across Canterbury and Otago.

Sunday

North Island, periods of rain, heavy falls possible at first north of Taranaki to Gisborne, then easing to showers there. South Island, rain or showers with snow possibly lowering to 600 metres, clearing in the west and south.

Monday

North Island, rain or showers, with heavy falls in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, clearing in the west and south. South Island, remaining showers clearing from Canterbury and Marlborough,fine with morning frosts elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

A few showers on Saturday with a brief change to southwesterlies.Rain developing on Sunday with heavy falls possible, and strong northerlies changing to gale southerlies. Rain clearing on Monday and gale southerlies gradually easing.

Northland

Fine apart from isolated showers.

Auckland to Taumarunui, including Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

Fine at first. Areas of fog overnight, and the odd shower from tomorrow afternoon.

Taranaki to Wellington, including Taihape

Mainly fine, but isolated showers about Taranaki, Kapiti and Wellington. Rain developing everywhere tomorrow night, heavy about the Tararua Range.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Fine at first. Cloud developing tomorrow, and late rain in southern Wairarapa.

Nelson and Western Marlborough

A few showers developing this evening and turning to rain tomorrow.

The remainder of Marlborough to Southland

Patchy rain in south spreading elsewhere overnight. Clearing later tomorrow. Gale westerlies for a time tomorrow, possibly severe.

Buller to Fiordland

Showers turning to rain with heavy falls tonight, then easing from the south tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Often cloudy, but afternoon fine breaks.

Conway

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 15 knots, but 25 knots north of Kaikoura Peninsula.Becoming northeast 35 knots everywhere this morning. Easing to northwest 25 knots this afternoon. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Easterly swell 2 metres. Northerly swell rising to 2 metres offshore for a time.

Outlook following 3 days: Changing early Saturday morning southerly 15 knots, becoming later Saturday northerly 15 knots. Changing Sunday southerly 35 knots with very rough sea, easing Monday morning or afternoon variable 10 knots. Developing late Monday northeast 15 knots. Moderate northeast swell, easing Saturday. Moderate southwest swell developing Saturday.

Rangitata

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 15 knots, rising to 25 knots early morning to 35 knots offshore late morning. Changing southerly 30 knots early this evening. Sea becoming very rough offshore for a time. Northeast swell rising to 3 offshore for a time.Southwest swell rising to 2 metres.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming early Saturday northerly 20 knots. Changing Sunday morning southwest 30 knots with rough sea, easing late Sunday 20 knots and early Monday variable 10 knots. Developing later Monday northerly 15 knots. Moderate northeast swell, easing Saturday. Moderate southwest swell.

Christchurch

Inshore waters from Lyttelton Harbour to the Waimakariri River mouth.

Situation
A trough moves slowly northwards over the South Island today,then covers much of the country through the weekend. A ridge spreads onto the South Island from the west on Monday.

Warning
GALE warning for CONWAY

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Friday: Easterly 15 knots becoming northeast 25 knots gusting 35 knots this morning, easing to 15 knots this afternoon. Changing southerly 15 knots late evening. Sea becoming rough this morning, easing in the afternoon. Cloudy, a few spots of rain morning and afternoon.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Monday: Saturday: Becoming northeast 15 knots early, turning northwest 10 knots late. Cloudy periods. Sunday: Changing southwest 25 knots in the morning, easing to 20 knots late. A period of rain, followed by showers. Monday: Southwest 15 knots dying out in the morning, northeast 15 knots developing later. Showers clearing and becoming fine.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Monday: Northeast 1.5 metres, easing to easterly 1 metre Saturday.