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Friday

North Island, scattered showers for Northland, otherwise fine from Taranaki to Bay of Plenty and northwards, showers elsewhere with snow lifting to 500 metres. South Island, becoming fine in most places, but a few showers remain about the east coast and Banks Peninsula, frosty inland.

Saturday

North Island, fine or becoming fine in most places, with morning frosts, but still a few showers in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. South Island, fine or becoming fine, with morning frosts, severe in sheltered inland places, a few showers about southern Fiordland.

Sunday

North Island, mainly fine. South Island, mostly fine with morning frosts, severe in sheltered inland places, becoming cloudy in the west, and a few showers about Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Sleety showers and strong cold southerlies on Friday. Showers and southerlies easing on Saturday, then fine spells increasing on Sunday with southerlies dying away.

Northland to Taumarunui

Showers clearing south of Northland this afternoon, but returning in the west again tomorrow.

Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

Showers, with snow above 600 metres, clearing this afternoon.

Taihape

Occasional snow showers.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Showers, with snow to 500 metres today. Sleety showers tomorrow with hail, possible thunderstorms and snow to 200 metres.

Taranaki to Wellington, also Wairarapa

Occasional showers, with snow to 300 metres today. Sleety showers tomorrow, with snow to 100 to 200 metres.

Marlborough

Fine inland. Sleety showers elsewhere, with snow to 100 metres tomorrow.

Nelson, Buller and Westland

Fine weather. Severe frosts at night.

Southland, Otago, Canterbury

Showers, with snow to 400 metres in Southland and 200 metres elsewhere. Showers clearing Southland and Central Otago later tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Showers. Thunderstorms tomorrow, with snow to low levels at first.

Stephens

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Southerly 25 knots, but southeast 35 knots east of Stephens Island to Cape Egmont. Sea very rough in the east.Southwest swell in the west,3 metres easing. Southerly swell in the east, rising to 2 metres.Fair visibility scattered showers, clearing this morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Southerly 25 knots but 35 knots east of Cape Egmont to Stephens Island with very rough sea, easing Friday afternoon southeast 10 knots but 25 knots in the east and Saturday morning variable 10 knots everywhere. Moderate southerly swell in the east easing Friday.

Kapiti

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

Situation
Strong cold southerlies die out Saturday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the area.

Warning
STORM warning for COOK GALE warning for STEPHENS

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Wednesday: Southerly 20 knots rising to southwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon, then turning southerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots overnight. Sea becoming rough this afternoon. Fine spells Thursday: Southerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots. Sea rough. Mainly fine.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Southerly easing to 20 knots during the morning and to 10 knots late evening.Fine spells. Saturday: Southerly 10 knots dying out in the afternoon. Mainly fine. Sunday: Variable 5 knots. Fine weather.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northwest half metre or less. Southwest half a metre developing today, dying out Friday.