weather warning

An active cold front over the west of the North Island should continue to track northeast and away from New Zealand tonight (Tuesday) and during Wednesday morning

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island: A few showers in the west and north. Fine elsewhere, just isolated afternoon or evening showers about the ranges. South Island: Rain in the west and south easing. Scattered rain elsewhere from late morning, clearing evening. Gale northwest then southwest in the south easing.


North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Northland to Manawatu, fine elsewhere. South Island: Showers in the west and far south. Fine elsewhere, but isolated afternoon showers inland.


North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Northland to Kapiti Coast, fine elsewhere. South Island: Rain in the west, possibly heavy, clearing south of Hokitika later. Morning rain in the south, scattered rain in Canterbury High Country. Mainly fine elsewhere, isolated showers about the ranges from afternoon.

Chatham Islands

Showers on Thursday and early Friday then fine spells. Strong northerlies changing westerly early Friday.

Northern and western areas from Northland to Kapiti, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Occasional showers and fine spells, but a period of heavier rain this evening or overnight with possible thunderstorms.

Gisborne and Hawke's Bay

Mainly fine, but a few showers spreading from the west at times.

Wellington and Wairarapa, also Marlborough and Nelson

Occasional showers, more persistent about the ranges. Northwest gales in exposed places.


Periods of rain and thunderstorms about the high country, with northwest gales. Mainly fine elsewhere, but a few showers this evening.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Periods of rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms and hail.

Otago and Southland

Occasional rain or showers, with the odd thunderstorm, but fine spells as well. Snow above 900 metres.

Chatham Islands

Fine spells, but rain for a time tomorrow.


Wednesday : Northwest 30 knots. Changing westerly 20 knots this morning. Rough sea easing. Southwest swell rising to 6 metres, period 18 seconds. Northwest swell 1 metre, easing. Poor visibility in rain with possible squally thunderstorms, easing this morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Thursday: Southwest 20 knots. Heavy southwest swell. Friday: Easing to variable 10 knots later. Heavy southwest swell easing. Saturday: Southwest 15 knots developing for a time. Moderate southwest swell easing.