HEAVY RAIN FOR CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND AND SEVERE NORTHERLY GALES FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND EASING TODAY (SATURDAY)
North Island, occasional showers in the west. Mostly fine in the east and south but showers developing from afternoon, however, remaining dry for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. South Island, showers spreading to most places, but fine for southern Westland and northern Fiordland.
North Island, showers, clearing for Bay of Plenty and Rotorua. South Island, occasional showers in the east and south, with snow to 400 metres in the south. Mostly fine in central and western areas but showers spreading there during the afternoon and evening.
North Island, rain in the north, possibly heavy, easing later.Showers in the south, clearing for western areas. South Island, fine in the west. Cloudy in the east, with showers retreating to the far south and the east coast.
Occasional showers Monday and Tuesday, heavy at times, clearing Wednesday but remaining cloudy. Gale westerlies, turning gale southerly on Tuesday, then easing Wednesday.
Rain spreading east this morning, with possible downpours and severe gales in exposed places, followed by showers, some heavy and thundery in the west later.
Rain, heavy about the ranges, clearing this afternoon.
Rain, with thundery downpours and severe gales in exposed places, easing to showers by midday, but further squally thunderstorms and hail possible.
Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms north of Hokitika, easing this afternoon or evening.
Rain with heavy falls, and snow to 600 metres, easing from afternoon.
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers.
Morning rain, then the odd shower.
*STORM WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 35 knots but 50 knots west of Farewell Spit to Hawera. Becoming northwest 35 knots everywhere this morning, then easing to 25 knots this afternoon. High sea in the west easing. Northwest swell in the west rising to 4 metres. Southwest swell in the west, 2 metres. Westerly swell in the east, 2 metres at times. Poor visibility in rain with thunderstorms possible this morning and afternoon, easing this evening.
Outlook following 3 days: Westerly 25 knots. Becoming Sunday evening, variable 10 knots but southwest 25 knots in the west, then dying out everywhere early Tuesday. Developing late Tuesday southeast 25 knots. Sea rough at times. Heavy westerly swell in the west,easing Sunday. Moderate westerly swell at times in the east.
Inshore waters from Waitarere to Pukerua Bay and out to Kapiti Island.
A large complex low crosses the country during the weekend, followed by an unstable cold south to southwest flow. A ridge builds over the South Island on Wednesday.
GALE warning for COOK STORM warning for STEPHENS
Strong wind advisory. Saturday: Northeast 25 knots gusting 35 knots, turning northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon, then easing to 20 knots this evening. Rough sea, easing this evening. Poor visibility in periods of rain, with possible thunderstorms this morning and afternoon. Sunday: Northwest 20 knots, changing southerly 15 knots in the morning. Becoming northerly 15 knots early afternoon, then turning southerly 15 knots in the evening. Moderate sea, easing in the morning. Poor visibility in early morning rain with possible thunderstorms, then fair visibility in occasional showers.
Outlook following 3 days: Monday: Changing westerly 15 knots early and southerly 15 knots late. Occasional showers. Tuesday: Becoming southeast 20 knots. Showers. Wednesday: Southeast rising to 25 knots for a time. Showers clearing.
Swell forecast to midnight Wednesday: Northwest half a metre, rising to 2.5 metres today, easing to 1.5 metres ealry Monday and to half a metre Monday.