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North Island, a period of rain for most places with possible heavy falls in the west. South Island, rain with some heavy and possibly thundery falls in the west. Showers in the south, with snow to low levels later. Mostly fine elsewhere.


Showers in the west and central North Island, and the west and south of the South Island. Snow to low levels in the far south. Mostly fine elsewhere.


A period of rain and northwesterlies for western areas, followed by a few showers in the south and east with cold southerlies.

Chatham Islands

Showers, mainly morning and evening on Saturday as southwest winds turn strong northerly. On Sunday, early rain followed by showers, with strong southwesterlies. On Monday, showers and strong westerlies.

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

Showers, some heavy and thundery with hail and westerly gales all gradually easing tomorrow. Snow about the Desert Road in the morning.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Fine spells, with a few showers spreading from the ranges. Northwest gales, severe south of Napier, easing tomorrow.

Wellington and Nelson

Showers, possibly heavy, clearing overnight.

Marlborough and Canterbury

Mainly fine, but isolated showers in the north and west until tonight.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Periods of rain, heavy at times, with squally thunderstorms and hail until morning. Snow lowering to 200 metres in Fiordland overnight and to 500 metres elsewhere.

Otago and Southland

Showers and cold southwesterlies spreading north overnight with snow lowering to 200 metres, then clearing in the north later tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Periods of rain, heavy with hail tomorrow. Gale southwesterlies tomorrow.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 20 knots. Changing southwest 45 knots early Friday morning, then easing to 35 knots late Friday morning and to 25 knots Friday afternoon. Turning northwest 20 knots Friday evening. Sea becoming high for a time. Southwest swell rising to 4 metres offshore for a time. Poor visibility showers developing overnight with possible thunderstorms, easing late Friday morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Rising Saturday morning westerly 30 knots and Saturday evening 40 knots with very rough sea, easing late Sunday southwest 25 knots. Southwest swell becoming heavy Saturday, easing Monday.