weather warning

An active front is forecast to move onto the country from the west on Tuesday, preceded by a strong and moist north to northeast flow, then followed by disturbed west to northwesterlies

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, rain clearing and becoming fine. However, a few showers lingering in the west. South Island, mainly fine for most at first but rain in the north clearing. Rain spreading from the south later, mainly in the west.


North Island, showers or rain for most. South Island, rain in the west and north, and cloudy periods with a few spots further east at first. Snow to about 1000 metres in the west.


North Island, showers or rain for most. South Island, rain in the north and west, becoming fine in the west. Showers developing in the east with snow lowering to 800 metres.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods, showers developing on Wednesday, turning to rain Friday. Northerlies, becoming strong for a time late Wednesday and early Thursday.


Isolated showers turning to rain tomorrow, with some heavy and possibly thundery falls.

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

Fine today. Isolated showers developing in the morning, turning to rain in the evening and night.

Whanganui to Wellington, also Wairarapa

Mostly fine. Rain spreading from the west tomorrow night or overnight.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Isolated showers, clearing from the south this afternoon. Fine tomorrow.

Nelson, Buller to Fiordland

Mainly fine today, but a few showers in Fiordland spreading elsewhere tonight. Rain tomorrow, with some heavy falls easing to showers in Fiordland from the afternoon and in Westland during the evening. Northerlies rising to gale in the evening tomorrow.

The remainder of the South Island

Fine today. Increasing high cloud tomorrow with a period of morning rain in Southland and elsewhere in the afternoon and evening.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Offshore: Northerly 25 knots, rising to 35 knots this afternoon. Elsewhere: Northeast rising to 20 knots overnight tonight, and to 30 knots Tuesday morning. Easing to northerly 20 knots Tuesday evening. Sea becoming very rough offshore.Northeast swell,2 metres developing. Southerly swell 1 metre.

Outlook following 3 days: Easing everywhere early Wednesday morning northerly 15 knots and late Wednesday morning variable 10 knots. Developing Wednesday evening northerly 15 knots. Changing Friday southwest 25 knots. Very rough sea offshore, easing. Moderate northeast swell,easing Wednesday.