weather warning


extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


Rain or showers in most places, heavy falls in Taranaki,However, some fine breaks in the east from Coromandel Peninsula to Gisborne and down to Canterbury. Snow to 600 metres for a time in Otago, Southland and Fiordland.


North Island, rain or showers in most places, clearing in the south later. South Island, rain or showers clearing, but still a few showers about northern ranges.


North Island, rain spreading to most places, but mostly dry in Hawkes Bay. South Island, rain or showers spreading to most places, snow lowering to 400 metres in Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Rain developing early Wednesday and northeasterlies strengthening, lighter northwesterlies and a few showers later. On Thursday, rain or showers, and winds tending southwest. Occasional showers on Friday, and winds tending northerly again.

A deep low is forecast to move southeast over the South Island tomorrow. SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES ARE IN FORCE.

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

Rain, with heavy falls and isolated downpours, clearing tomorrow. Easterlies, gale in exposed places, easing tomorrow.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Rain spreading south tonight, clearing tomorrow evening.

Whanganui to Wellington

Rain spreading south this tonight, easing to showers tomorrow.

Nelson, Buller and Westland

Rain and severe gale easterlies developing overnight with heavy falls about Nelson. Wind and rain easing tomorrow afternoon.

Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago

Drizzle turning to rain tomorrow morning with snow above 500 metres in Canterbury and Otago. Rain clearing in Marlborough later in the day.

Southland and Fiordland

Mainly fine.

Chatham Island

Becoming fine tomorrow.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* North of Abut Head: Easterly rising to 25 knots this evening, and to 35 knots but 45 knots north of Cape Foulwind Tuesday morning. Becoming northerly 35 knots in the north Tuesday afternoon, then northwest 25 knots throughout Tuesday evening. South of Abut Head: Northeast 15 knots tending southeast 20 knots this evening, becoming southwest 20 knots Tuesday evening.Sea becoming high north of Cape Foulwind for a time. Westerly swell 2 metres. Northeast swell 1 metre developing for a time. Poor visibility periods of rain from tonight.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming everywhere early Wednesday northwest 15 knots, changing late Wednesday southwest 20 knots. Becoming late Thursday northwest 15 knots, changing Friday southwest 15 knots but 30 knots offshore with rough sea. Moderate southwest swell at times.