weather warning

HEAVY SNOW FOR EASTERN SOUTHLAND AND CLUTHA, ESPECIALLY THE CATLINS A very cold southwesterly flow is expected to bring snow showers to sea level over the lower South Island from this evening through to Monday

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island,isolated showers in the north, remaining showers elsewhere clearing, then mainly fine, morning frosts in sheltered places. South Island, mainly fine with morning frosts, remaining showers receding to near Foveaux Strait.


Mainly fine with morning frosts, but the odd shower about Banks Peninsula and coastal Otago and Southland.


North Island, cloudy periods in the north and west,mainly fine in the east. South Island, mainly fine in Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury, becoming cloudy with some rain or drizzle in the west, increasing high cloud in Otago and Southland, with a few spots of rain.

Chatham Islands

Cold and showery on Monday, with strong or gale southwesterlies. Showers becoming less frequent on Tuesday and southwesterlies easing. On Wednesday, showers slowly clearing and wind tending lighter westerly.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel

Cloudy periods and isolated showers. A period of rain tomorrow morning.

Waikato to Wellington, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country, also Wairarapa

Brief rain spreading northwards tonight and early tomorrow morning, followed by a few showers in the west from Waikato to Manawatu. Brief snow on the Desert Road.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay

Mainly fine, but a few showers tomorrow.

Nelson, Marlborough

Showers developing this evening, then becoming fine tomorrow morning.

Buller, Westland

Showers, clearing Westland this evening and Buller tomorrow afternoon.

Canterbury, North Otago

Showers, a few heavy, with snow lowering to 300 metres tonight. Showers becoming confined to Banks Peninsula tomorrow morning.

Central Otago, Dunedin, Clutha, Southland, Fiordland

Cold and showery. Snow to near sea level, with heavy falls above 300 metres. Southwest winds, gale in exposed places.

Chatham Islands



Southwest 20 knots, changing northwest 25 knots for a time this morning.Sea becoming rough for a time. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres.Poor visibility in rain developing this morning, with possible thundery falls, easing this afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Rising Monday morning Southwest 25 knots, easing Monday evening 15 knots, then tending Wednesday northerly 20 knots. Rough sea easing. Southwest swell becoming heavy for a time on Monday.