extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast

Saturday

North Island, showers in west and south easing, clearing Kapiti, Wellington and Wairarapa later. Fine elsewhere. South Island, rain or showers easing, and clearing in the east.

Sunday

North Island, few showers in the west from Waikato to Kapiti, mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, rain in the west, heavy for a time. A period of late rain for Southland and Otago. Fine elsewhere.

Monday

North Island, few showers in the west from Waikato to Kapiti, mainly fine elsewhere. South Island, rain in west becoming heavy, late rain for Southland and Otago. Snow lowering to 500 metres in the south later. Mainly fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

A change on Saturday to showers and strong southwesterlies. On Sunday, showers clearing and southwesterlies easing. Few showers developing on Monday with northwesterlies.

From Northland to Manawatu, including Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and central high country

Cloudy. Isolated showers, becoming widespread for a time this evening.Westerlies rising to gale in exposed places this evening, possibly severe for a time from Auckland northwards.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Rain about the ranges and the odd shower elsewhere.

Horowhenua Kapiti Coast, Wellington and Wairarapa

Occasional rain, easing later.

Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago

Rain developing this morning, easing north of Christchurch this evening. Snow lowering to 800 metres in Central Otago this evening.

Southland and Fiordland

Scattered rain developing this morning, but remaining mostly dry about the fiords.

Buller and Westland

High cloud. Rain developing north of the Glaciers this morning.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy.

Portland

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 20 knots but northwest 35 knots north of Tolaga Bay.Turning northwest 25 knots in the south this afternoon. Sea very rough in the north. Southeast swell 2 metres.Northerly swell rising to 3 metres in the north and offshore in the south. Fair visibility in showers this morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Northwest easing Saturday evening 25 knots but 15 knots in south and Monday variable 10 knots everywhere. Moderate northerly swell offshore easing Saturday. Moderate southerly swell developing Saturday, easing Sunday.