weather warning

A strong and moist northwesterly flow covers the country this week, with a number of embedded fronts bringing further periods of heavy rain and northwest gales to central and southern parts of New Zealand

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, cloudy with isolated showers from Taranaki to Bay of Plenty and northwards. Late rain about and south of Taranaki. Fine spells elsewhere. South Island, rain in the west, scattered falls in Southland and Otago. Morning rain for Nelson and Marlborough, clearing later.Partly cloudy elsewhere.


North Island, rain spreading north. South Island, rain in the west, easing to showers evening. Showers spreading northwards in the east with a southwesterly change later.


North Island, early rain north of Taihape and isolated showers elsewhere in the west, all clearing. Rain about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. South Island, showers about Buller, Southland and Otago, easing later. Fine spells elsewhere, apart from isolated afternoon showers for Canterbury and Marlborough.

Chatham Islands

Low cloud and patchy drizzle this weekend, drizzle mainly early mornings and evenings. A period of rain on Monday. Northwesterlies, strong late Saturday through Monday morning, changing southwest later Monday.

Northland to Waikato, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

Mainly fine, apart from areas of cloud early morning and at night. Isolated afternoon showers.

Waitomo to Manawatu, including Taranaki, Taumarunui and Taihape, also Gisborne to Wairarapa

Fine, apart from isolated isolated showers in Waitomo and Taranaki.

Horowhenua to Wellington

Fine spells and a few showers.

Westland, Fiordland, also the Canterbury High Country and the Otago Lakes

Periods of rain with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms.

Nelson, Marlborough and the remainder of Canterbury

High cloud increasing with a few spots of rain.

For Central Otago, Dunedin, Clutha and Southland

Cloudy periods and isolated showers. Showers becoming more widespread for a time in the morning and afternoon, when some could be heavy.

Chatham Islands

Mainly fine.


Northwest 20 knots, rising to 30 knots this morning, then easing to 20 knots south of Abut Head this evening. Sea rough at times.Westerly swell 4 metres, easing. Northwest swell 2 metres,easing.Poor visibility in rain, with possible squally thunderstorms south of the Grey River.

Outlook following 3 days: Northwest easing Saturday morning 20 knots everywhere, changing Sunday southwest 20 knots. Moderate westerly swell. Moderate northerly swell easing Sunday.