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Wednesday

North Island, isolated showers in Northland and in the east.Elsewhere, fine with morning frost. South Island, fine with morning frosts, but isolated showers about fiords later.

Thursday

North Island, cloud increasing in the north but fine in the east and south of Taihape. Rain developing in the west at night. South Island, in the west, isolated showers then rain at night, possibly heavy. Elsewhere, fine with areas of morning cloud and frosts.

Friday

North Island, periods of rain, clearing from west by evening. South Island, rain or showers, clearing in the east to mainly fine in the morning.

Chatham Islands

A few showers, with southerlies easing on Wednesday. Fine spells and cloudy periods with the odd shower on Thursday. A few showers turn to rain late on Friday, as northerlies strengthen.

Northland and Auckland

Partly cloudy with isolated showers this morning, then fine.

Waikato to Taranaki, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, and Taumarunui

Fine.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, also Taihape

Mainly fine, but isolated showers from afternoon.

Whanganui to Wellington, also Wairarapa

Generally fine, but a few showers about Wairarapa. The chance of a shower in Wellington from afternoon.

Nelson, Buller and Westland

Fine weather.

Marlborough and Canterbury

Mostly fine, with showers about Banks Peninsula clearing this afternoon.

Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Isolated showers clearing this morning, and becoming fine.

Chatham Islands

Showers, some heavy and possibly thundery with hail, easing this afternoon.

Stephens

Southwest 20 knots, easing to variable 10 knots this morning.Becoming southeast 15 knots east of Farewell Spit to Hawera this afternoon,and becoming easterly 15 knots in the west this evening. Moderate sea easing. Southwest swell 3 metres in the west, easing. Westerly swell rising to 2 metres in the east for a time.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming Wednesday morning variable 10 knots. Developing Thursday northeast 25 knots but 35 knots in the west, changing Friday westerly 20 knots everywhere.Sea very rough in the west for a time. Moderate southwest swell in the west at times.In the east, moderate westerly swell developing Friday.

Kapiti

Inshore waters from Waitarere to Pukerua Bay and out to Kapiti Island.

Situation
An unsettled southwest flow lies over New Zealand as a high rapidly builds over the country during today, persisting through Wednesday. The high then moves slowly eastward on Thursday, allowing a northerly flow to develop ahead of an active front that approaches New Zealand from the Tasman Sea. This front crosses the country on Friday followed by a trough affecting the far south late Friday.

Warning
NIL warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Forecast
Tuesday: Southerly 15 knots, rising to 20 knots south of Otaki for a time this afternoon and evening. Moderate sea in the south for a time this afternoon and evening. Fine weather.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Friday: Wednesday: Easing to variable 5 knots early morning. Northeast 10 knots developing in the afternoon. Morning cloud, then fine. Thursday: Northeast 10 knots, rising to 20 knots in the south. Mainly fine. Friday: Changing northwest 15 knots everywhere. A period of rain.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Friday: Northwest 1 metre, easing to half a metre or less this morning, then rising to 1. 5 metres again late Thursday. Southwest half a metre developing this morning, dying out Wednesday.