weather warning

SEVERE GALE NORTHWESTERLIES FOR THE EAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND A strong northwest flow covers the South Island ahead of an approaching front

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, mainly fine, evening cloud and a few showers in the west from Northland to Taranaki. South Island, cloudy periods and isolated showers in the west and south. Mainly fine elsewhere.


Cloudy periods and a few showers in the west of both island, also about Foveaux Strait. Mainly fine elsewhere.


North Island, cloudy periods and isolated showers in the north and west. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, showers in Fiordland becoming more frequent. Occasional drizzle further north in the west, also about Foveaux Strait. Mainly fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Showers and gale westerlies on Friday, both gradually easing. Cloudy periods and the odd shower on Saturday. Mainly fine with strong westerlies on Sunday.


Northland to Wellington, including Coromandel and the central high country

Mainly fine today, but cloud increasing in the west and northwest gales about Wellington. Scattered showers tomorrow.

Bay of Plenty, Gisborne to Wairarapa, also Marlborough and Nelson

Fine and warm today, with northwest gales south of Napier. Showers tomorrow, some heavy in the afternoon with small hail.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Rain spreading north today, with snow to 600 metres in Fiordland tonight. Few showers tomorrow.

Canterbury and Otago

Mainly fine and warm today, but evening rain in the west. Northwesterlies, severe gale in exposed places. Cooler tomorrow, with fine spells and isolated showers.


Rain easing to showers this afternoon with severe northwest gales turning strong colder southwest.

Chatham Islands

Fine today with strong northwesterlies. Showers and southwest gales tomorrow.


Northwest 15 knots, rising to 25 knots south of Hokianga Harbour overnight tonight then changing southwest 25 knots in the south Thursday morning and elsewhere by Thursday afternoon. Sea becoming rough. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres. Fair visibility in a few showers Thursday morning and afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Southwest easing Friday morning 15 knots. Rough sea easing Friday. Heavy southwest swell, easing Friday.