weather warning

A complex low pressure system is expected to move eastwards across New Zealand Sunday night and Monday, preceded by a period of strong to gale northeasterlies

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast

leisure marine forecast


North Island: Scattered showers, mainly in the west and becoming fine in the east. South Island: Showers in the south and west, with snow to 500 metres in the far south. Fine spells and isolated showers elsewhere.


North Island: Showers, easing north of Taupo. Strong westerlies. South Island: Showers, clearing in the west and about Nelson by afternoon, and becoming isolated for central Otago. Snow to 600 metres, but possibly 400 metres at first in the south.


North Island: A few showers, but mainly fine for central areas. South Island: Showers in the east and south with snow possible to 600 metres. Elsewhere mainly fine.


North Island: Showers about Wellington, Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay/ Gisborne coast clearing. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island: Fine or becoming fine for most. Showers about Stewart Island and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Period of rain, easing to a few showers on Friday. Strong northerlies, turning westerly late Tuesday, then northerly again Wednesday. A gale southwest change Thursday, easing Friday.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Taupo

Rain spreading south during the evening and overnight with heavy falls, followed by showers, some heavy and possibly thundery. Strong to gale northeasterlies, easing overnight or tomorrow morning.

Waikato to Wellington, including Taumarunui and Taihape

Rain for a time tonight or early tomorrow, then a few showers.

Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, and Wairarapa

Fine today. Rain at times tomorrow.

Nelson and northern Marlborough

Rain, with some heavy falls, clearing tomorrow morning then mainly fine, but rain about western Nelson again late tomorrow.

Remainder of Marlborough, also Canterbury

High cloud. Occasional rain about the High Country, and patchy rain elsewhere for a time overnight. Mainly fine tomorrow.

Buller, Westland, and Fiordland

Periods of rain, heavy and possibly thundery at times.

Otago and Southland

Scattered rain, becoming widespread and heavier later tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods. Late rain tomorrow.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 40 knots. Changing northwest 20 knots late this evening, rising to 30 knots Monday morning. Changing westerly 20 knots Monday evening. Very rough sea easing. Northerly swell 2 metres developing. Poor visibility in showers, with possible thunderstorms.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly 20 knots, rising to early Wednesday 25 knots. Changing late Wednesday southwest 35 knots with very rough sea. Southwest easing early Thursday 25 knots and later Thursday 15 knots. Moderate northerly swell, easing Tuesday.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 40 knots. Changing northwest 20 knots this evening. Rising to 30 knots north of Cape Reinga Monday morning, then changing southwest 20 knots everywhere Monday afternoon.Very rough sea easing. Northerly swell rising to 2 metres. Southwest swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in showers, with possible thunderstorms.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly 25 knots. Changing Wednesday afternoon southwest 40 knots with very rough sea, then easing Wednesday night 30 knots and Thursday 20 knots. Moderate northerly swell, easing Tuesday. Southwest swell becoming heavy Tuesday.

Bay Of Islands

Bay of Islands Recreational Marine Area.

A low and associated fronts affect the country for the next few days, then moving away to the east late Wednesday into Thursday, followed by a ridge of high pressure from later Thursday.

Gale warning for Brett

Gale warning. Sunday: Northerly 35 knots gusting 45 knots. Changing northwest 15 knots late this evening. Very rough sea, easing late this evening. Poor visibility in rain, with possible thunderstorms. Monday: Northwest 15 knots, rising to 20 knots in the afternoon, then easing to westerly 15 knots in the evening. Sea becoming moderate for a time afternoon and evening. Poor visibility in showers with possible thunderstorms.

Outlook until midnight Thursday: Tuesday: Westerly 15 knots, turning northwest 20 knots in the evening. Showers gradually easing and becoming isolated with increasing fine breaks. Wednesday: Northwest rising to 25 knots early. Changing southwest 30 knots later. Mostly cloudy with showers. Thursday: Southwest easing to 20 knots early and to 15 knots later. Showers gradually easing and becoming isolated.

Swell forecast to midnight Thursday: Northerly 1 metre, rising to 2 metres this afternoon, then easing to 1.5 metres Monday afternoon, to 1 metre early Tuesday and to northeast half a metre or less Tuesday evening.