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A strong northwesterly flow develops over southern and central New Zealand on Thursday, ahead of a front approaching from the Tasman Sea

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North Island, fine, some morning cloud in the west. South Island, morning rain for the west coast and showers about Southland, all easing. Fine elsewhere.


North Island, fine, some morning cloud in the west. South Island, rain spreading north again for the west coast, isolated falls spreading to Otago, Southland and Dunedin late in the day. Fine elsewhere.


North Island, fine, but some morning cloud in the west, and cloud lingers with isolated showers about Taranaki and Kapiti. South Island, rain along the west coast, scattered falls about Southland, Otago and Dunedin. Fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Strong westerlies through the forecast. A few showers midday Friday, then cloudy periods and isolated showers late Friday through early Sunday. Fine spells developing Sunday.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula

Morning cloud clearing then mainly fine. Patchy light rain developing south of Northland towards the evening.

Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Fine, apart from isolated afternoon showers.

Waitomo to Whanganui, including the central high country

Patchy light rain, clearing south of Taranaki this afternoon and elsewhere later.

Manawatu to Wellington, also Wairarapa

A few morning showers clearing then fine. Northerlies, changing southerly for a time this morning, then becoming strong late evening.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Fine. Northerlies from this morning, rising to gale in exposed places from evening.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Mainly fine. Rain developing in Fiordland this afternoon, then spreading north at night.

Otago and Southland

Mainly fine but rain developing in Southland and Clutha at night. Severe northwest gales in exposed places from later today.

Chatham Islands

Morning rain, clearing then fine.


Westerly 30 knots, easing to 15 knots early morning. Rising to 25 knots this afternoon or early evening. Sea rough at times. Southwest swell west of Cape Farewell to Hawera, 2 metres. In the east,westerly swell 1 metre. Poor visibility in occasional drizzle, clearing this morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly 25 knots with rough sea. Moderate southwest swell developing Thursday in the west, easing Saturday. Moderate westerly swell developing for a time Friday in the east.


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

A front over the upper South Island, moves onto the North Island this morning and weakens later today. Northwesterlies strengthen over the South Island ahead of a second front, which affects the far south later today and early on Friday.Northwesterlies dominate Saturday and Sunday.

GALE warning for COOK NIL warning for STEPHENS

Thursday: Northerly 20 knots, easing to 15 knots this morning, then rising to 20 knots in the afternoon. Moderate sea, easing for a time morning to afternoon. Poor visibility in morning drizzle, then fine.

Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northwest rising to 25 knots in the morning, easing to 15 knots in the evening. Cloudy periods. Saturday: Turning northerly 15 knots late morning. Cloudy periods. Sunday: Northerly 15 knots, rising to 20 knots later. Mostly cloudy, chance shower.

Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northwest about 1 metre, rising to 1.5 metres late today, and to 2 metres for a time Friday. Easing to 1.5 metres late Saturday.