HEAVY RAIN FOR WESTLAND AND BULLER A front associated with a low over the Tasman Sea moves onto the west of the South Island on Friday, then continues moving slowly eastwards during Saturday
North Island, a few showers developing from Northland to Taranaki. Cloud increasing elsewhere. South Island, rain developing in the north and west, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms. High cloud increasing elsewhere, with scattered rain spreading across later in the day.
Periods of rain, with heavy falls possible for the north of the North Island, and also the northern and western South Island.
Rain turning to showers in most places.
Cloudy periods and isolated showers from Friday to Sunday. Southeasterlies turning northeast on Friday, then becoming strong on Sunday.
Scattered showers, mainly in eastern areas, clearing by evening.
Mainly fine. Areas of frost or fog this morning.
Long fine spells, but a few showers near the coast.
Areas of morning cloud and isolated showers, then becoming fine.
Areas of cloud and morning fog, otherwise fine.
Scattered showers about Westland and Buller, spreading to Fiordland this afternoon.
Fine, but areas of fog or low cloud morning and night.
Mostly cloudy with a few light showers.
Southeast 15 knots, easing to variable 10 knots this evening. Sea slight. Southwest swell west of Farewell Spit to Hawera, 2 metres.
Outlook following 3 days: Developing Friday morning northerly 15 knots,gradually rising early Saturday 20 knots but 35 knots in the west with very rough sea, easing everywhere overnight Saturday northwest 15 knots. Moderate southwest swell in the west. Moderate northwest swell developing Friday, easing Sunday.
Inshore waters from Waitarere to Pukerua Bay and out to Kapiti Island.
A weak ridge lies over the country, while a weakening trough lies to the west. A low approaches New Zealand from the Tasman Sea late on Thursday, affecting the country from Friday.
NIL warnings for COOK and STEPHENS
Thursday: Variable 5 knots. Northerly 10 knots developing in the evening. Sea slight. A few cloudy periods.
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northeast 10 knots. Becoming cloudy. Saturday: Northeast rising to 20 knots. Rain developing. Sunday: Northeast 20 knots, gradually dying out. Rain, easing.
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northwest half a metre or less, rising to 1.5 metres Saturday, then easing to 1 metre Sunday.