PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN FOR BAY OF PLENTY AND NORTHERN GISBORNE A complex low over the north Tasman Sea is moving slowly southeastwards, and should cross the North Island during Friday and Saturday
North Island, Rain easing to showers, becoming isolated in the west and clearing in Bay of Plenty. South Island, Scattered rain in Buller, Marlborough and coastal Canterbury and Otago, clearing. Rain or showers developing later in the west and south.
North Island, Showers spreading east, clearing from the west. South Island, Rain or showers clearing, but a few showers remain in Fiordland and about the south coast.
North Island, A few showers in Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay clearing, and isolated showers in southern Taranaki and Kapiti. Otherwise mainly fine. South Island, Rain with heavy falls spreading up the west, scattered rain in the east, south of the Mackenzie Basin. Chatham Islands
Showers, some possibly heavy and thundery.
Occasional showers, some heavy. Possible thunderstorms about the ranges.
A few showers.
Periods of rain.
Cloudy. Scattered light rain clearing this morning.
Drizzle turning to rain this morning, with snow above 800 metres at first, then lifting.
Mainly fine with high cloud.
Overcast. Drizzle developing this morning, turning to rain this evening.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 20 knots, turning northwest 15 knots but easing to variable 10 knots south of Tauroa Point this morning, then becoming southwest 35 knots but 20 knots in the south late this evening. Sea becoming very rough in the north. Northeast swell north of Cape Reinga, 3 metres easing. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres. Poor visibility in rain, with possible heavy falls.Thunderstorms also possible until Friday morning.
Outlook following 3 days: Becoming everywhere early Saturday 35 knots with very rough sea, easing late Saturday westerly 25 knots and Monday southwest 15 knots. Heavy southwest swell at times from Saturday.