weather warning

An active front is forecast to move onto the country from the west on Tuesday, preceded by a strong and moist north to northeast flow, then followed by disturbed west to northwesterlies

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, rain clearing and becoming fine. However, a few showers lingering in the west. South Island, mainly fine for most at first but rain in the north clearing. Rain spreading from the south later, mainly in the west.


North Island, showers or rain for most. South Island, rain in the west and north, and cloudy periods with a few spots further east at first. Snow to about 1000 metres in the west.


North Island, showers or rain for most. South Island, rain in the north and west, becoming fine in the west. Showers developing in the east with snow lowering to 800 metres.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods, showers developing on Wednesday, turning to rain Friday. Northerlies, becoming strong for a time late Wednesday and early Thursday.


Isolated showers turning to rain tomorrow, with some heavy and possibly thundery falls.

Auckland to Taranaki, including Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Fine today. Isolated showers developing in the morning, turning to rain in the evening and night.

Whanganui to Wellington, also Wairarapa

Mostly fine. Rain spreading from the west tomorrow night or overnight.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Isolated showers, clearing from the south this afternoon. Fine tomorrow.

Nelson, Buller to Fiordland

Mainly fine today, but a few showers in Fiordland spreading elsewhere tonight. Rain tomorrow, with some heavy falls easing to showers in Fiordland from the afternoon and in Westland during the evening. Northerlies rising to gale in the evening tomorrow.

The remainder of the South Island

Fine today. Increasing high cloud tomorrow with a period of morning rain in Southland and elsewhere in the afternoon and evening.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods.


Southeast 30 knots but 20 knots south of Tauroa Point.Becoming northeast 20 knots everywhere this afternoon, rising to 30 knots Tuesday afternoon. Changing northwest 25 knots Tuesday evening. Sea rough at times. Southeast swell north of Cape Reinga,3 metres easing. Southwest swell 2 metres easing. Poor visibility in rain developing Tuesday evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Changing Wednesday morning southwest 25 knots, turning Wednesday afternoon northwest 30 knots, easing early Friday northwest 20 knots, changing late Friday southerly 20 knots. Rough sea, easing. Southwest swell becoming heavy Friday.Moderate northwest swell at times.