weather warning

An active front, preceded by a strong northerly flow, is forecast to cross the country during Saturday and Sunday

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, Rain, possibly heavy, easing to showers afternoon, clearing in the east later. South Island, Showers in the west, heavy for a time. Rain developing in the south, with snow to 500 metres. Fine elsewhere.


North Island, Showers about and west of the Central Plateau, mainly fine in the east. South Island, showers with snow to 500 metres in the south and east. A few showers in the west, clearing later.


North Island, Showers about the west and east coasts, otherwise cloudy periods. South Island, Showers or rain in the east, with snow to 500 metres in the south. Fine in the west.

Chatham Islands

Rain and strong northerlies. Rain easing to showers on Monday, and northerlies easing. Showers continue through Tuesday.

Warnings and watches are in effect for central and southern New Zealand.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Cloud increasing, and a few showers.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Mainly fine. Scattered rain about Wairarapa late evening with a few spots elsewhere, and northwesterlies rising to severe gale in southern Wairarapa.

Waikato to Wellington, including the central high country

Cloud increasing, and a few showers developing during the morning and afternoon. Rain spreading from the west late evening, possibly heavy, and northerlies rising to severe gale about Wellington.

Nelson and northern Marlborough

Showers developing this morning, turning to rain from afternoon with heavy falls, and severe northerly gales in exposed places.

Remainder of Marlborough, also Canterbury, Otago and Southland

High cloud. Rain near the divide, and scattered falls elsewhere from afternoon. Severe gales at times in exposed places.

Buller to Fiordland

Rain, with some heavy and possibly thundery falls, and severe gales about Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods.


Northwest rising to 15 knots this morning, and to 25 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough. Northeast swell 1 metre.

Outlook following 3 days: Easing late Sunday northwest 15 knots,then changing early Tuesday southwest 10 knots. Northeast swell becoming moderate for a time Sunday. Moderate southwest swell developing for a time Tuesday.