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SEVERE EAST TO SOUTHEAST GALES FOR NELSON, BULLER AND NORTHERN WESTLAND


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Wednesday

Rain or showers in most places, heavy falls in Taranaki, However, some fine breaks in the east from Coromandel Peninsula to Gisborne and down to Canterbury. Snow to 600 metres for a time in Otago, Southland and Fiordland.

Thursday

North Island, rain or showers in most places, clearing in the south later. South Island, rain or showers clearing, but still a few showers about northern ranges.

Friday

North Island, rain spreading to most places, but mostly dry in Hawkes Bay. South Island, rain or showers spreading to most places, snow lowering to 400 metres in Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Rain developing early Wednesday and northeasterlies strengthening, lighter northwesterlies and a few showers later. On Thursday, rain or showers, and winds tending southwest. Occasional showers on Friday, and winds tending northerly again.

A deep low is forecast to move southeast over the South Island tomorrow. SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES ARE IN FORCE.

Northland to Taranaki, including Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Rain, with heavy falls and isolated downpours, clearing tomorrow. Easterlies, gale in exposed places, easing tomorrow.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Rain spreading south tonight, clearing tomorrow evening.

Whanganui to Wellington

Rain spreading south this tonight, easing to showers tomorrow.

Nelson, Buller and Westland

Rain and severe gale easterlies developing overnight with heavy falls about Nelson. Wind and rain easing tomorrow afternoon.

Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago

Drizzle turning to rain tomorrow morning with snow above 500 metres in Canterbury and Otago. Rain clearing in Marlborough later in the day.

Southland and Fiordland

Mainly fine.

Chatham Island

Becoming fine tomorrow.

Stephens

*STORM WARNING IN FORCE* Southeast 40 knots but 50 knots west of Hawera to Stephens Island. Turning northeast 40 knots but 50 knots in the west this morning. Easing to northwest 25 knots everywhere during the afternoon. High sea in the west, easing. Southwest swell in the west, 2 metres easing. Southeast swell rising to 2 metres in the east and 4 metres in the west for a time. Poor visibility in rain, clearing this afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming Wednesday morning westerly 20 knots. Becoming in the east for a time Thursday southeast 15 knots. Becoming early Friday northerly 20 knots, turning late Friday easterly 25 knots with rough sea. Moderate easterly swell in the west easing Wednesday. Moderate southwest swell in the west at times. Northwest swell becoming moderate late Friday.

Kapiti

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

Situation
A complex low moves southeast across the South Island today and Wednesday. A second low moves eastwards across the North Island on Wednesday,followed by a narrow ridge on Thursday. A third deep low approaches central New Zealand from the west on Friday

Warning
GALE warning for COOK STORM warning for STEPHENS

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Tuesday: Westerly 15 knots, rising to northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots this morning and to 30 knots gusting 40 knots this afternoon.Changing northwest 20 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough sea in the morning, easing in the evening. Poor visibility in rain, easing to a few showers in the afternoon.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Friday: Wednesday: Northwest 20 knots, changing southerly 20 knots overnight. Occasional showers, turning to rain for a time. Thursday: Southerly 15 knots, dying away towards evening,then northwest 15 knots developing late. Showers and increasing fine spells. Friday: Northerly 15 knots, becoming easterly 15 knots late. Rain developing.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Friday: Northwest half a metre or less, rising to 1 metre late today, rising to 1.5 metres for a time Wednesday, rising to 1.5 metres Friday.