weather warning

An active front is moving north across the South Island tonight, weakening over the North Island on Monday

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, showers for most, possibly heavy in the west. South Island, rain in the west and south, heavy, possibly thundery. Snow lowering to 600 metres in south. A few showers spreading up the coast.


North Island, Heavy rain in the west, bu showers later. Thunderstorms possible. Showers in the east with a southerly change. South Island, showers, with thunderstorms possible in the west and south at first. Snow to 600 metres in the south.


North Island, Showers for most, but becoming dry about the east coast. Severe gale westerlies possible about Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa. South Island, showers for most, but dry in Canterbury. Gale westerlies possible in exposed places.


North Island, showers in the west, gradually clearing north of Auckland. Dry about the east coast. South Island, showers with cold southerlies.

Chatham Islands

Shower with westerlies. Westerlies strong at times, with gale possible on Friday.

Northland to Waikato, including Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Fine spells and a few showers, clearing later tonight. Showers returning tomorrow morning, some possibly heavy about the west coast.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay


Waitomo to Manawatu, including the central high country

Cloudy periods and a few showers, turning to rain for a time tomorrow morning.

Horowhenua to Wellington, also Wairarapa, Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Rain spreading north tonight, clearing tomorrow morning. Northwesterlies, severe gale in exposed places, easing tomorrow morning.

Buller to Fiordland

Rain, with heavy falls and squally thunderstorms. Snow lowering to 300 metres in Fiordland overnight. Showers tomorrow.

Otago and Southland

Rain or showers, some heavy with hail, clearing tomorrow. Snow lowering to 300 metres overnight. Northwest gales, easing this evening.

Chatham Islands

Fine tonight. A period of rain tomorrow.


*STORM WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 45 knots but 55 knots south of Cape Palliser, changing southwest 25 knots in the south this morning, then becoming southwest 20 knots everywhere early this afternoon. Becoming northwest 20 knots early this evening, and rising to 30 knots late evening. High sea, easing. Southwest swell 2 metres. Northeast swell 1 metre. Fair visibility in early morning rain.

Outlook following 3 days: Rising Tuesday morning northwest 25 knots, but 35 knots in the south, then to 40 knots but 50 knots in the south Tuesday evening. Easing Wednesday morning westerly 25 knots, but 35 knots in the north. Change Wednesday afternoon southwest 20 knots everywhere. Becoming Thursday westerly 35 knots, but 45 knots in the north. Sea high at times. Southwest swell becoming moderate late Wednesday easing Thursday. Moderate northerly swell developing in south Tuesday,easing Wednesday.