HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NEW ZEALAND NOTE: UPDATED TO INCLUDE NORTH OTAGO FOR HEAVY RAIN A deep low lies slow moving just off the coast of Marlborough and North Canterbury today, directing a strong and moist southeast flow across the South Island, and strong northwesterlies across the North Island
North Island, becoming fine for most, apart from isolated showers in the north. South Island, mainly fine, but cloud increasing in the north and west and showers developing about southern Westland and Fiordland.
North Island, cloud increasing. Showers developing in the north and west, turning to rain there later with possible heavy falls. South Island, rain in the west, possibly heavy, turning to showers.In the east, a few spots of rain in the far south, otherwise mainly fine with high cloud.
North Island, showers in the north and west, possibly heavy at first, easing. Mainly fine in the east. South Island, occasional showers in the west and far south. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Cloudy periods and the odd shower Sunday, then long fine breaks on Monday. Rain developing on Tuesday. Southerlies, turning northerly on Monday.
Frequent showers, some heavy with squally thunderstorms and hail, easing tomorrow.
Scattered showers, becoming widespread later tomorrow.
Scattered showers, some heavy, turning to rain tomorrow morning. Rain easing north of Kapiti later tomorrow. Severe northwest gales about Wellington and Wairarapa, easing tonight.
Outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy, clearing to fine spells tomorrow morning but showers persisting about coastal Marlborough.
Scattered rain clearing tomorrow morning and becoming fine. Severe southeast gales, easing tomorrow.
Periods of rain, with heavy falls, southerly gales and snow lowering to 500 metres tonight. All easing gradually from the south tomorrow.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* South of Abut Head: Southerly rising to 35 knots this afternoon, easing to 25 knots Saturday morning and to 15 knots Saturday evening. To the north: Southwest 20 knots, rising to 30 knots for a time late Saturday morning through afternoon. Sea becoming very rough in the south for a time. Southwest swell rising to 4 metres for a time. Northeast swell 1 metre, dying out. Poor visibility in rain in the north, easing this evening.
Outlook following 3 days: Becoming Monday morning variable 10 knots. Developing Monday afternoon southwest 15 knots, tending overnight Sunday northwest 25 knots, changing Monday southwest 25 knots. Sea becoming rough. Southwest swell becoming heavy Tuesday.