SIGNIFICANT HEAVY RAIN FOR THE SOUTH ISLAND WEST COAST AND CANTERBURY HEADWATERS
A cooler day with long fine spells, but also isolated showers.
North Island, cloud increasing, with a few late showers in the north. South Island, cloud increasing, with rain developing in the west, and scattered late rain elsewhere.
Rain for most places, possibly heavy, then mainly fine for the eastern North Island and Nelson, and a few showers elsewhere.
Cloudy periods today. A periof of rain around the middle of tomorrow, then clearing.
Mainly fine today. Scattered rain tomorrow, with northwesterly gales in exposed places, clearing from afternoon.
Rain this evening and overnight, with heavy falls, then clearing tomorrow, but showers return towards evening. Severe northwest gales in Wellington, Wairarapa and Marlborough easing tomorrow morning.
Heavy rain with possible thunderstorms, turning to showers tomorrow morning, then clearing south of Hokitika in the afternoon. Severe westerly gales about Fiordland early tomorrow.
Occasional rain today. Showers tomorrow afternoon and evening, with thunderstorms in the north. Severe northwest gales in exposed places, easing tomorrow morning.
Periods of rain, easing to showers tomorrow afternoon. Severe southwest gales in exposed places tomorrow morning.
Cloudy periods today. Occasional rain tomorrow.
*STORM WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 40 knots, rising to 50 knots south of Cape Palliser this evening. Becoming northwest 40 knots everywhere late Thursday morning, changing southwest 15 knots Thursday evening. Sea becoming high for a time in the south. Southwest swell 1 metre dying out. Northeast swell 1 metre developing. Poor visibility in a period of rain Thursday morning and afternoon.
Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 15 knots dying out Friday. Developing Saturday northeast 30 knots and rising early Sunday 45 knots with high sea. Changing late Sunday northwest 30 knots. Southerly swell becoming moderate Friday, easing Saturday. Moderate northeast swell developing Sunday.