SIGNIFICANT HEAVY RAIN FOR THE SOUTH ISLAND WEST COAST AND CANTERBURY HEADWATERS
A cooler day with long fine spells, but also isolated showers.
North Island, cloud increasing, with a few late showers in the north. South Island, cloud increasing, with rain developing in the west, and scattered late rain elsewhere.
Rain for most places, possibly heavy, then mainly fine for the eastern North Island and Nelson, and a few showers elsewhere.
Cloudy periods today. A periof of rain around the middle of tomorrow, then clearing.
Mainly fine today. Scattered rain tomorrow, with northwesterly gales in exposed places, clearing from afternoon.
Rain this evening and overnight, with heavy falls, then clearing tomorrow, but showers return towards evening. Severe northwest gales in Wellington, Wairarapa and Marlborough easing tomorrow morning.
Heavy rain with possible thunderstorms, turning to showers tomorrow morning, then clearing south of Hokitika in the afternoon. Severe westerly gales about Fiordland early tomorrow.
Occasional rain today. Showers tomorrow afternoon and evening, with thunderstorms in the north. Severe northwest gales in exposed places, easing tomorrow morning.
Periods of rain, easing to showers tomorrow afternoon. Severe southwest gales in exposed places tomorrow morning.
Cloudy periods today. Occasional rain tomorrow.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 25 knots, rising to 35 knots this afternoon. Becoming westerly 15 knots but 30 knots north of Separation Point Thursday morning, then becoming southwest 15 knots everywhere Thursday evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Northerly swell 2 metres developing for a time. Poor visibility in rain developing this evening, easing Thursday morning.
Outlook following 3 days: Variable 10 knots. Developing Saturday northerly 20 knots and rising overnight Saturday 40 knots with very rough sea. Changing Sunday morning westerly 30 knots. Moderate northerly swell developing Sunday.