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SIGNIFICANT HEAVY RAIN FOR THE SOUTH ISLAND WEST COAST AND CANTERBURY HEADWATERS


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coastal marine forecast

Friday

A cooler day with long fine spells, but also isolated showers.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

Rain for most places, possibly heavy, then mainly fine for the eastern North Island and Nelson, and a few showers elsewhere.

Chatham Islands Cloudy periods, a few showers, and southwesterlies on Friday, then mainly fine with light winds on Saturday. Rain and gale northerlies developing on Sunday.

WARNINGS FOR HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES FOR MUCH OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND LOWER NORTH ISLAND

Northland to Taumarunui and Taupo, including Bay of Plenty

Cloudy periods today. A periof of rain around the middle of tomorrow, then clearing.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

Mainly fine today. Scattered rain tomorrow, with northwesterly gales in exposed places, clearing from afternoon.

Taranaki and Taihape to Wellington, also Nelson and Marlborough

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.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

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.

Canterbury

Occasional rain today. Showers tomorrow afternoon and evening, with thunderstorms in the north. Severe northwest gales in exposed places, easing tomorrow morning.

Otago and Southland

Periods of rain, easing to showers tomorrow afternoon. Severe southwest gales in exposed places tomorrow morning.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods today. Occasional rain tomorrow.

Portland

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* North of Tokomaru Bay: Northwest 15 knots,rising to 25 knots this evening and to 35 knots Thursday morning.Easing to westerly 25 knots Thursday evening. Elsewhere: Northwest 15 knots, rising to 30 knots Thursday morning. Turning westerly 25 knots Thursday afternoon. Sea becoming very rough for a time in the north.Northwest swell rising to 2 metres for a time in the north. Southwest swell 1 metre in the south, dying out. Poor visibility in rain Thursday afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Changing Friday morning southerly 20 knots and dying out late Friday. Developing Saturday northeast 25 knots, rising early Sunday 40 knots with very rough sea.Changing late Sunday northwest 30 knots. Southerly swell becoming moderate Friday,easing Saturday. Moderate northeast swell developing Sunday.