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North Island, mainly fine in the north and east, increasing cloudy periods elsewhere. Northwesterlies possibly rising to severe gale in exposed places in the south. South Island, gale or severe gale westerlies for many places. Rain spreading north in the west, with heavy falls, then easing from the south. Fine at first in the east, but showers spreading north. Thursday


Isolated showers for Northland, and also for the far south, otherwise mainly fine.

Chatham Islands

Mainly fine on Wednesday with strengthening northwesterlies. Brief rain early Thursday, followed by a few showers and southerlies, then clearing and becoming fine during Friday with winds turning westerly.

For all the North Island, also Marlborough, Nelson and Buller

Fine with cloudy periods. Westerly gales about exposed parts of the Tararua District tomorrow.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Fine, with high cloud at times. Northwest gales in exposed inland places from tonight.

Westland and Fiordland

Cloud increasing. Occasional rain or drizzle developing in Fiordland today, and spreading to Westland overnight. Drizzle patches becoming confined to South Westland later tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

A few showers today. Mainly fine tomorrow.


Westerly 25 knots. Sea rough. Southwest swell west of Cape Farewell to Hawera, 5 metres easing. Westerly swell in the east, 3 metres easing.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly 30 knots, changing early Thursday southwest 25 knots, easing in the east late Thursday variable 10 knots. Sea becoming rough everywhere for a time. Southwest swell becoming heavy in the west Thursday. Westerly swell becoming moderate in the east Thursday.


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

A southerly flow eases over the area today and a northerly flow develops later. A front moves northwards over the North Island early Thursday, preceded by strong northerlies and followed by southerlies.

GALE warning for COOK NIL warning for STEPHENS

Tuesday: Northerly 15 knots, becoming northwest 20 knots this morning, tending northerly 20 knots in the evening. Sea becoming moderate in the morning. Cloudy periods.

Outlook until midnight Friday: Wednesday: Northerly 20 knots, rising to 25 knots in the evening. Often cloudy. Thursday: Changing southerly 15 knots early, easing to variable 5 knots in the afternoon. A period of morning showers. Friday: Variable 5 knots. Mainly fine.

Swell forecast to midnight Friday: Northwest half a metre, rising to 1 metre Thursday.