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HEAVY RAIN IN THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND EASING THIS AFTERNOON OR EVENING


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Tuesday

North Island, a period of rain, with some heavy falls in the west, then a few showers in the west and dry in the east. South Island, mainly fine in the east with morning frosts, possibly severe, but morning rain for the Sounds and Golden Bay. Cloud increasing in the west, with rain or drizzle developing.

Wednesday

North Island, occasional showers in the west, and mainly fine in the east. South Island, periods of rain in the west, with heavy falls possible, and a few spots of rain in the east.

Thursday

North Island, rain for most places, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms in the west. South Island, rain in the west, with heavy falls possible. A few showers in the east.

Chatham Islands

Occasional showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, and strong southwesterlies easing and turning northwesterly. Rain at times on Thursday with strong westerlies.

WARNINGS ARE IN FORCE FOR SEVERE GALES AROUND CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND

Northland to Kapiti, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country, also Wairarapa

Occasional showers, with thunderstorms from Taranaki southwards, clearing from Bay of Plenty and Wairarapa overnight, and elsewhere tomorrow. Westerly gales, possibly severe in the south, easing tomorrow.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, also Wellington

Mainly fine. Gale or severe gale westerlies, easing tomorrow.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Showers about Nelson and the inland ranges today. Mainly fine elsewhere today, and everywhere tomorrow. Northwesterly gales in exposed places, easing tonight.

Buller and Westland

Heavy showers and squally thunderstorms today. Showers gradually clearing tomorrow.

Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Periods of rain today, with snow down to 100 or 200 metres at times. Tomorrow, showers becoming confined to the south coast.

Chatham Islands

Showers developing tonight and westerlies rising to severe gale for a time.

Stephens

*STORM WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 50 knots, easing to westerly 40 knots overnight tonight, to 30 knots Monday morning and to northwest 15 knots by Monday evening. High sea easing. Westerly swell west of Cape Farewell to Hawera, rising to 6 metres for a time. Westerly swell in the east, rising to 5 metres for a time. Poor visibility in showers, with possible squally thunderstorms this evening, easing Monday afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Change Tuesday morning easterly 20 knots, dying out Tuesday evening. Developing early Wednesday westerly 25 knots, rising Thursday 40 knots with very rough sea. Heavy westerly swell at times in west. Moderate westerly swell at times in east.

Kapiti

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

Situation
A strong northwest flow eases Monday as a narrow ridge moves over the country. A series of weaker troughs follow from Tuesday to Thursday, embedded within an unsettled westerly flow.

Warning
STORM warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Forecast
Gale warning. Sunday: Northwest 40 knots gusting 60 knots, easing to 30 knots gusting 45 knots overnight. Very rough sea, easing overnight. Poor visibility in occasional showers. Monday: Northwest 30 knots gusting 45 knots, becoming westerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the morning, easing to northwest 15 knots evening. Rough sea, easing in the evening. Poor visibility in showers, easing afternoon.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Thursday: Tuesday: Becoming easterly 10 knots in the morning, turning northerly in the evening. Morning rain, then a few showers. Wednesday: Northwest rising to 20 knots. Occasional showers. Thursday: Northwest gradually rising to 35 knots. Periods of rain, possibly heavy and thundery.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Thursday: Northwest 4 metres, rising to 5.5 metres this evening. Northwest easing to 2 metres Monday and to 1 metre Tuesday, then rising to 1.5 metres Wednesday and to 4 metres again Thursday.