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Tuesday

North Island, showers, but mainly fine with isolated showers about Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. South Island, showers for most, more persistent from afternoon.Snow possibly lowering to 600 metres in far south.

Wednesday

North Island, showers, more persistent about east coast, gradually clearing from the southwest. Gale southwesterlies north of Waikato. South Island, few showers in the south and about east coast,clearing to fine in the east. Mainly fine elsewhere, but cloud increasing and a few showers developing about the west coast.

Thursday

North Island, a few showers, turning to a period of rain about the central and lower parts. South Island, rain in the south and west, easing to few showers,then clearing in west. A few showers elsewhere with a strong southwesterly change.

Chatham Islands

On Tuesday, cloudy with occasional rain and strong westerlies. From Wednesday, periods of showers or rain, with southwesterlies strong at times.

Northland to Wellington, including Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Partly cloudy, with a few showers tomorrow.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Fine, apart from isolated showers tomorrow afternoon.

Marlborough and Nelson

Mainly fine. Showers about western Nelson, briefly spreading elsewhere for a time tomorrow.

Buller and Westland

Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms, turning to showers tomorrow.

Canterbury and Otago, excluding Clutha

Fine at first, apart from light rain in Otago clearing tonight. Scattered showers tomorrow, mainly in the afternoon when some could be heavy with hail.

Clutha and Southland

Mainly fine at first. Showers tomorrow, some heavy with hail, and snow lowering to 600 metres.

Fiordland

Periods of rain, heavy at times with hail and possible thunderstorms. Snow lowering to 600 metres tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy, with occasional drizzle tomorrow.

Stephens

Northwest 20 knots, rising to 30 knots Monday afternoon. Sea becoming rough. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres west of Farewell Spit to Hawera. Northwest swell 2 metres everywhere, easing. Fair visibility in occasional showers.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly 25 knots, rising Tuesday evening northwest 35 knots. Becoming early Wednesday southwest 40 knots, easing late Wednesday 25 knots. Changing early Thursday northwest 35 knots, becoming late Thursday southwest 35 knots. Sea very rough at times. Heavy southwest swell, easing for a time Thursday.

Kapiti

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

Situation
A front moves up the South Island today, and onto the North Island on Monday,followed by cold southwesterlies. A low develops over central New Zealand late Tuesday, then moves away to the east on Wednesday as a trough crosses the South Island. A strong southwest flow remains over the country on Thursday.

Warning
GALE warning for COOK NIL warning for STEPHENS

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Sunday: Northwest 15 knots. Sea slight. Cloudy periods. Monday: Northwest rising to 20 knots early morning, to 25 knots gusting 35 knots around midday, and 30 knots gusting 40 knots for a time in the evening. Sea becoming rough in the afternoon. Mostly fine, but fair visibility in a few morning showers, and again in the evening.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Thursday: Tuesday: Northwest 25 knots. Mainly fine, evening showers. Wednesday: Changing southwest 30 knots early, easing to 20 knots in the afternoon, and to 10 knots later. Showers, clearing by evening. Thursday: Becoming northwest 30 knots early, changing southerly 15 knots later. Showers developing.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Thursday: Northwest 1.5 metres, easing to 1 metre this evening, and rising to 1. 5 metres for a time Tuesday, and to 2 metres Thursday.