weather warning

A front is forecast to move over the upper North Island on Saturday, preceded by heavy rain and easterly gales

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, periods of rain for most, possibly heavy in the north, but easing to a few showers in the west from afternoon. Gale or severe gale easterlies in exposed places. South Island, rain in the north and east. Cloudy periods with isolated showers elsewhere.


North Island, rain in the north and east, possibly heavy about the ranges, and in the Far North. Scattered rain elsewhere. South Island, mainly fine apart from a few showers in the north and east.


North Island, rain in the north, clearing later. A few showers elsewhere, turning to rain in the south with a strong southerly change from afternoon. South Island, showers in the east and south, clearing later. Mainly fine with morning cloud elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods and a few showers from Sunday through to early Tuesday. Becoming cloudy on Tuesday, and rain developing later. Northerlies, fresh at times.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

A few light showers today. Rain, with heavy falls developing tomorrow morning, and northeasterlies rising to gale in exposed places.

The remainder of the North Island

Cloudy periods and the odd light shower in the west today, but fine in the east. Tomorrow, occasional rain spreading from the north in the afternoon and evening.

Marlborough and Nelson

Mostly cloudy today with a few light showers. Rain developing tomorrow morning.

Buller and northern Westland

Showers turning to rain this evening. Further rain tomorrow with heavy falls.

Southern Westland and Fiordland

Rain, with heavy falls, clearing tomorrow morning.


Rain developing south of Christchurch this evening, then spreading elsewhere tomorrow.

Otago and Southland

Periods of rain, heavy at times, then easing to a few showers tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods and the odd shower.


Southerly 15 knots, but 25 knots South of Otago Peninsula,becoming southerly 25 knots everywhere this evening. Sea becoming rough everywhere. Southwest swell rising to 2 metres. Northeast swell rising to 1 metre. Poor visibility in rain easing Saturday afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Southerly easing Sunday morning 15 knots. Becoming early Monday variable 10 knots. Developing late Monday westerly 15 knots, rising early Tuesday 25 knots.Changing later Tuesday southwest 35 knots. Sea becoming very rough. Southwest swell becoming heavy Tuesday.