weather warning

HEAVY SNOW FOR EASTERN SOUTHLAND AND CLUTHA, ESPECIALLY THE CATLINS A very cold southwesterly flow is expected to bring snow showers to sea level over the lower South Island from this evening through to Monday

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North Island,isolated showers in the north, remaining showers elsewhere clearing, then mainly fine, morning frosts in sheltered places. South Island, mainly fine with morning frosts, remaining showers receding to near Foveaux Strait.


Mainly fine with morning frosts, but the odd shower about Banks Peninsula and coastal Otago and Southland.


North Island, cloudy periods in the north and west,mainly fine in the east. South Island, mainly fine in Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury, becoming cloudy with some rain or drizzle in the west, increasing high cloud in Otago and Southland, with a few spots of rain.

Chatham Islands

Cold and showery on Monday, with strong or gale southwesterlies. Showers becoming less frequent on Tuesday and southwesterlies easing. On Wednesday, showers slowly clearing and wind tending lighter westerly.

Northland, Auckland and Coromandel

Cloudy periods and isolated showers. A period of rain tomorrow morning.

Waikato to Wellington, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country, also Wairarapa

Mostly fine today. A period of rain tonight or in the morning, followed by showers in the west later tomorrow. Brief snow on the Desert Road.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Mainly fine, but a few showers tomorrow.

Nelson and Marlborough

A period of rain this evening. Fine tomorrow.

Buller and Westland

Rain or showers, clearing Westland this evening and Buller tomorrow afternoon.

Canterbury and North Otago

A southerly change today, with showers and possible thunderstorms. Snow to 300 metres tonight. Showers becoming confined to Banks Peninsula tomorrow morning.

Central Otago, Dunedin, Clutha, Southland and Fiordland

Cold and showery. Snow lowering to near sea level this evening, with heavy falls above 300 metres tomorrow. Southwest gales in exposed places tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Showers from tonight.


Southwest 25 knots, easing to 15 knots this evening. Changing northwest 25 knots Sunday morning before turning southwest 20 knots Sunday afternoon. Sea rough at times. Northeast swell 1 metre dying out. Poor visibility in rain developing late Sunday morning, easing Sunday afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Rising morning morning southwest 25 knots, easing Monday evening 15 knots then dying out early Wednesday. Developing late Wednesday northerly 15 knots. Rough sea easing.


Southwest 20 knots, changing northwest 25 knots for a time Sunday morning. Sea becoming rough for a time. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres. Poor visibility in rain developing Sunday morning, with possible thundery falls, easing Sunday afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Rising Monday morning Southwest 25 knots, easing Monday evening 15 knots, then tending Wednesday northerly 20 knots. Rough sea easing. Southwest swell becoming heavy for a time on Monday.

Bay Of Islands

Bay of Islands Recreational Marine Area.

A southwest flow with a number of embedded troughs lies over the area for the next few days. A ridge builds from the west on Tuesday, remaining through Wednesday.

NIL warning for BRETT

Saturday: Southwest 15 knots becoming westerly 15 knots late evening. Sea slight. Fine spells. Sunday: Westerly 15 knots rising to 20 knots in the morning. Changing southwest 20 knots early afternoon, easing to 15 knots in the evening. Sea becoming moderate in the morning, easing in the evening. Poor visibility in showers developing in the morning, easing in the afternoon.

Outlook until midnight Wednesday: Monday: Southwest rising to 25 knots in the morning, then easing to 15 knots in the evening. Chance shower. Tuesday: Southwest easing to 10 knots. Fine spells, chance shower at first. Wednesday: Tending northerly 10 knots. Cloudy periods.