weather warning

An active frontal system is moving across the North Island this morning,bringing further rain and northwest gales

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island: Showers, especially in the west, easing later and clearing north of Taupo. Snow to 600 metres about the Central Plateau. South Island: Showers, falling as snow to 400 metres but to low levels in the far south. Becoming fine about Westland, Canterbury and Marlborough.


North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Taranaki to Northland, easing. Becoming fine elsewhere. South Island: Showers in the far south, falling as snow at first. Fine or becoming fine elsewhere. Possible early severe frosts about interior basins.


Isolated showers about Northland. Rain about Fiordland, spreading to southern Westland later. Mainly fine elsewhere.


Rain spreading up the South Island west coast, reaching the lower North Island late. Early scattered rain about Southland and Otago. Cloud increasing elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Frequent showers and strong, cold west to southwesterlies, all easing on Thursday.

Significant Weather Statement

A significant cold outbreak affects the South Island, with snow to sea level in the far south tomorrow.

For all of the North Island

Scattered showers, mainly south of Auckland and Bay of Plenty, becoming widespread and heavy at times, with hail possible tomorrow. Thunderstorms possible about coastal areas from Waikato to Kapiti. Severe northwest gales about the lower North Island tomorrow.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Scattered showers, some heavy with hail. But mainly fine this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Snow lowering to 400 metres later tomorrow. Severe northwest gales tomorrow.

Buller and Westland

Showers, some heavy with hail and possible squally thunderstorms. Snow lowering to 400 metres in Buller and 200 metres in Westland tomorrow.

Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Showers, some heavy with hail and possible thunderstorms. Snow lowering to sea level tomorrow about southern areas, with heavy snow above 200 metres.

Chatham Islands

Rain, heavy with possible thunderstorms, then showers tonight. More heavy falls with hail and thunderstorms possible tomorrow evening.


*STORM WARNING IN FORCE* Sunday : Northwest 40 knots. Sea very rough. Northeast swell rising to 3 metres for a time. Monday : Northwest 40 knots, rising to 50 knots south of Cape Palliser for a time in the afternoon. Sea becoming high in the south for a time. Southwest swell 2 metres developing, period 13 seconds. Poor visibility in periods of rain.

Outlook following 3 days: Tuesday: Northwest 35 knots changing southwest 35 knots in the afternoon, then easing to 25 knots overnight. Very rough sea easing. Southerly swell becoming heavy. Wednesday: Southwest 25 knots, easing to 15 knots late. Rough sea easing. Heavy southerly swell. Thursday: Northerly 20 knots developing. Heavy southerly swell easing.