An active cold front, preceded by strong northwesterlies, is expected to move across southern and central New Zealand from the Tasman Sea during Tuesday, then away from the North Island early Wednesday
North Island: Early showers in the east, remaining dry in Wellington. Elsewhere, rain or showers, easing and retreating to the west. Gale northwest in Wellington and Wairarapa. South Island: Rain in the south and west, sometimes heavy. Mainly fine elsewhere. Scattered rain for Nelson and Canterbury. Gale or severe gale west to northwesterlies.
North Island: A few showers in the west and northeast. Dry about Wellington, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay. South Island: Showers in the west and south easing. Fine elsewhere, but isolated afternoon showers possible inland. Gale southwesterlies in the far south easing.
North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Northland to Manawatu, fine elsewhere. South Island: Scattered showers in the west and far south. Fine elsewhere, but isolated afternoon showers inland.
A period of rain on Wednesday, then a few showers. Northerlies changing westerly early Friday.
Fine spells and a few showers.
Fine spells and a few showers. Showers becoming widespread this evening, then turning to rain for a time tomorrow evening, with possible thunderstorms.
Fine, but cloud increasing and a few showers developing this evening. A period of rain spreading north tomorrow afternoon and evening with northwest gales.
Mainly fine. A few showers this afternoon and again tomorrow afternoon.
Periods of rain or showers, with squally thunderstorms and hail.
Cloudy periods and a few showers.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Monday : Westerly 20 knots. Sea moderate. Northeast swell 1 metre. Southerly swell 1 metre developing, period 12 seconds. Tuesday : Westerly 20 knots. Changing northerly 20 knots in the morning and rising to northwest 35 knots in the evening. Sea becoming very rough. Northeast swell 1 metre, easing. Southeast swell 1 metre, period 12 seconds.
Outlook following 3 days: Wednesday: Becoming westerly 20 knots in the morning. Very rough sea easing. Thursday: Westerly 20 knots. Moderate southwest swell developing offshore. Friday: Easing to variable 10 knots.