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HEAVY SNOW FOR SOUTHERN FIORDLAND, SOUTHLAND, AND CLUTHA TODAY, THEN ABOUT THE HAWKES BAY RANGES AND CENTRAL PLATEAU TONIGHT


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Thursday

North Island, scattered showers in Northland, mainly fine from Auckland to Bay of Plenty and North Taranaki, showers further south falling as snow above 3 or 400 metres. South Island, showers in the south and east becoming less frequent and snow lifting to 5 or 600 metres, fine elsewhere.

Friday

North Island, scattered showers in Northland, mainly fine from Auckland to Bay of Plenty and North Taranaki, showers elsewhere becoming less frequent and snow lifting to 500 metres. South Island, becoming fine in most places, but still a few showers over Banks Peninsula, frosty inland.

Saturday

North Island, fine or becoming in most places, with morning frosts, but still a few showers in Gisborne and coastal Hawkes Bay. South Island, fine with morning frosts.

Chatham Islands

Sleety showers and strong cold southerlies on Thursday and Friday. Wind and showers both easing on Saturday.

Northland to Waitomo, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

Periods of rain, some heavy, with squally thunderstorms and hail, easing to showers tomorrow and clearing in Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo.

Central high country, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Rain, heavy at times, with snow lowering to 500 metres overnight. Rain gradually easing to a few showers tomorrow.

Taranaki to Wellington, also Wairarapa

Rain today. Showers tomorrow, with hail and snow to 300 to 400 metres.

Marlborough, Nelson and Buller

Scattered rain clearing today. Mainly fine tomorrow, apart from sleety showers about the Marlborough coast.

Canterbury

Sleet or snow showers, especially from this evening and about North and Mid Canterbury.

Westland and Central Otago

Fine.

Remainder of Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Showers, with snow to near sea level, lifting above 300 metres tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Showers.

Brett

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 25 knots rising to 35 knots this afternoon then easing to 25 knots overnight. Changing southwest 25 knots Wednesday morning. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Northwest swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in rain, thundery falls from this afternoon, easing Wednesday morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 25 knots with rough sea, easing Friday evening southerly 15 knots and Saturday evening variable 10 knots.

Kaipara

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 25 knots rising to 40 knots for a time this afternoon and early evening. Changing southwest 15 knots south of Hokianga Harbour late this evening, then becoming southwest 25 knots everywhere Wednesday morning. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Southwest swell 4 metres easing. Northwest swell 2 metres dying out. Poor visibility in periods of rain, thundery falls at times, easing early Wednesday morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Southerly 25 knots with rough sea, easing Friday afternoon 15 knots and Saturday afternoon variable 10 knots. Moderate southwest swell easing Friday.

Bay Of Islands

Bay of Islands Recreational Marine Area.

Situation
A northwest flow lies over the area ahead of a trough moving northeast over the North Island today. The trough crosses the region tonight, followed by a southerly flow which persists until Saturday when a ridge builds from the west.

Warning
GALE warning for BRETT

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Tuesday: Northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots rising to 30 knots gusting 40 knots for a time late this afternoon and early evening. Easing to westerly 20 knots overnight. Rough sea, easing overnight. Fair visibility in periods of rain turning to poor visibility in squally showers for a time this afternoon and evening. Wednesday: Westerly 20 knots turning southwest 20 knots in the morning, easing to southerly 15 knots late evening. Sea moderate, easing late evening. Poor visibility in showers, easing during the morning.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Southerly rising to 20 knots in the afternoon. Fine spells, chance shower or two. Friday: Southerly 20 knots easing to 10 knots in the evening. Fine spells,chance shower or two. Saturday: Turning southeast 10 knots during the morning then dying out in the evening. Fine spells, chance shower or two.