extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast

Friday

North Island, showers or rain spreading to most places, but remaining dry in Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. South Island, rain or showers spreading to most places, then mostly clearing, apart from lingering showers in the far south and in Marlborough. Snow lowering to 400 metres in Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Fiordland.

Saturday

North Island, rain or showers easing in the north, and clearing in the east. South Island, rain or showers spreading to most places, snow to 400 metres from Canterbury southwards.

Sunday

North Island, occasional showers, with snow lowering to 500 metres in the far south. South Island, Showers retreating to the south and east coasts and becoming mainly fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

A few showers on Friday and Saturday, turning to rain on Sunday. Southwesterlies, tending northwesterly for a time on Friday, then tending northerly on Saturday and and changing strong southwesterly on Sunday.

Northland to Taranaki, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Showers, some heavy with hail, easing and becoming isolated in the west this evening and clearing elsewhere.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay

A few showers at first. Rain spreading north this afternoon, then clearing tonight.

Wanganui, Manawatu

A few showers, turning to rain this morning then clearing late afternoon.

Kapiti, Wellington, Wairarapa

Rain, clearing by this afternoon or evening.

Marlborough, Nelson, Buller, Westland

Occasional showers, clearing from Westland and Buller this morning, and elsewhere this afternoon.

Canterbury

Scattered showers with snow to about 700 metres, clearing by afternoon and becoming fine.

Otago, Southland, Fiordland

Patchy light rain, with snow 700 metres, clearing this morning, but rain returning to Fiordland tonight.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy with a few afternoon showers.

Portland

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 20 knots, rising to 40 knots north of East Cape this morning.Changing southwest 20 knots in the south late morning, then rising to 35 knots in the south this afternoon and elsewhere this evening.Easing to southwest 25 knots everywhere late this evening.Sea becoming very rough for a time. Easterly swell 2 metres easing. Southerly swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in rain spreading from the south this morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming everywhere early Friday northerly 15 knots, changing early Saturday easterly 20 knots and late Saturday southwest 25 knots. Becoming overnight Saturday northwest 20 knots, changing late Sunday southwest 35 knots with very rough sea. Moderate southwest swell at times.