weather warning

A complex low pressure system is expected to move eastwards across New Zealand Sunday night and Monday, preceded by a period of strong to gale northeasterlies

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island: Scattered showers, mainly in the west and becoming fine in the east. South Island: Showers in the south and west, with snow to 500 metres in the far south. Fine spells and isolated showers elsewhere.


North Island: Showers, easing north of Taupo. Strong westerlies. South Island: Showers, clearing in the west and about Nelson by afternoon, and becoming isolated for central Otago. Snow to 600 metres, but possibly 400 metres at first in the south.


North Island: A few showers, but mainly fine for central areas. South Island: Showers in the east and south with snow possible to 600 metres. Elsewhere mainly fine.


North Island: Showers about Wellington, Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay/ Gisborne coast clearing. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island: Fine or becoming fine for most. Showers about Stewart Island and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Period of rain, easing to a few showers on Friday. Strong northerlies, turning westerly late Tuesday, then northerly again Wednesday. A gale southwest change Thursday, easing Friday.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Taupo

Rain spreading south during the evening and overnight with heavy falls, followed by showers, some heavy and possibly thundery. Strong to gale northeasterlies, easing overnight or tomorrow morning.

Waikato to Wellington, including Taumarunui and Taihape

Rain for a time tonight or early tomorrow, then a few showers.

Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, and Wairarapa

Fine today. Rain at times tomorrow.

Nelson and northern Marlborough

Rain, with some heavy falls, clearing tomorrow morning then mainly fine, but rain about western Nelson again late tomorrow.

Remainder of Marlborough, also Canterbury

High cloud. Occasional rain about the High Country, and patchy rain elsewhere for a time overnight. Mainly fine tomorrow.

Buller, Westland, and Fiordland

Periods of rain, heavy and possibly thundery at times.

Otago and Southland

Scattered rain, becoming widespread and heavier later tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods. Late rain tomorrow.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 35 knots. Changing westerly 20 knots overnight tonight, then easing to variable 10 knots Monday morning. Westerly 25 knots developing Monday evening. Very rough sea easing. Northwest swell rising to 2 metres for a time. Southwest swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in showers, with possible thunderstorms on Monday.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly rising early Tuesday morning 35 knots with very rough sea. Easing Tuesday afternoon 25 knots. Rising early Wednesday 35 knots. Changing later Wednesday southerly 30 knots, easing late Wednesday 20 knots. Moderate northwest swell, easing early Tuesday. Southwest swell becoming heavy Tuesday, easing late Thursday.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 25 knots, but 35 knots west of Cape Farewell to Hawera. Changing westerly 20 knots in the west overnight tonight, and in the east Monday morning. Very rough sea in the west,easing. Northwest swell rising to 3 metres for a time. Southwest swell in the west, rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in rain developing this evening, easing Monday morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly rising early Tuesday morning 35 knots with very rough sea. Easing Tuesday afternoon 25 knots.Changing later Wednesday southeast 40 knots, easing late Wednesday southerly 20 knots. Becoming late Thursday variable 10 knots.Southwest swell in the west, becoming heavy Tuesday, easing Thursday.Moderate westerly swell in the east at times.