HEAVY RAIN FOR BAY OF PLENTY A trough, preceded by a moist north to northwest flow, will bring periods of rain to much of the North Island today and Sunday morning
North Island, rain with heavy falls in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, easing to isolated showers. Showers elsewhere clearing. South Island, Fine apart from isolated morning showers in the south, and also coastal Canterbury and Marlborough until evening.
North Island, mainly fine, remaining showers about the east coast clearing. Cloud increasing later in the west, south of Taranaki. South Island, Rain or drizzle developing in the south and west. High cloud increasing elsewhere.
North Island, Cloud increasing, patchy drizzle developing in the west south of Waitomo. South Island, Rain with heavy falls spreading up the west, showers in the east, easing to isolated showers in the south later.
Showers clearing on Monday and southerlies rising to gale for a time, then dying out on Tuesday. Cloudy periods on Tuesday and Wednesday, strong northerlies developing on Wednesday.
Periods of rain, with isolated thunderstorms in Northland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty, easing to showers tomorrow.
Scattered rain from this evening, becoming widespread overnight with heavy falls possible, easing showers tomorrow.
Periods of rain, clearing for a time tomorrow morning and afternoon.
Scattered rain, clearing tomorrow morning. Rain returning to Marlborough tomorrow afternoon.
Mostly cloudy today. Rain tomorrow, clearing by evening.
Rain spreading north today, with thunderstorms possible in Fiordland, clearing tomorrow.
Fine today. Rain tomorrow, easing to showers in the evening.
Mostly cloudy. Rain spreading north overnight, easing to showers tomorrow.
A few showers, turning to rain for a time tomorrow.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 10 knots, rising to northwest 20 knots this afternoon. Becoming southwest 30 knots west of Farewell Spit to Hawera early Sunday morning, then becoming southeast 35 knots but southwest 25 knots in the west late Sunday evening. Sea becoming very rough in the east. Southwest swell in the west rising to 4 metres.Northwest swell 1 metre. Poor visibility in rain at times.
Outlook following 3 days: Easing Monday morning southerly 15 knots but 25 knots in east, with very rough sea in east easing. Becoming later Monday southeast 10 knots throughout.Changing Tuesday northwest 15 knots, rising Wednesday 25 knots. Heavy southwest swell in west, easing Monday.
Inshore waters from Waitarere to Pukerua Bay and out to Kapiti Island.
A complex trough over the region moves away to the east later Sunday, bringing gale southerlies. On Monday winds ease as a ridge of high pressure builds. The ridge then retreats to the north later Tuesday and Wednesday as a front moves onto the South Island.
STORM warning for COOK GALE warning for STEPHENS
Gale warning. Saturday: Northerly 15 knots. Sea slight. Cloudy with rain at times,poor visibility in heavier rain from this afternoon. Sunday: Changing northwest 15 knots in the morning, then southerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the afternoon, and rising to 35 knots gusting 45 knots in the evening. Sea becoming very rough in the evening. Poor visibility in rain clearing in the morning, return for a time in the afternoon and evening.
Outlook until midnight Wednesday: Monday: Southwest easing 20 knots in the morning, and 10 knots late. Rain clearing. Tuesday: Northerly 15 knots developing. Fine, late cloud. Wednesday: Northerly rising to 20 knots. Drizzle patches.
Swell forecast to midnight Wednesday: Northwest half a metre, rising to 1 metre Wednesday. Southwest half a metre developing early Monday, dying away Tuesday.