weather warning

Reissued to correct typo in strong wind Watch, and also to include eastern Marlborough and the Tararua Range in Watch for heavy rain

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast

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North Island, widespread rain or showers, easing later for most. South Island, occasional rain about Canterbury and Marlborough,easing. Showers developing later in the far south. Mainly fine elsewhere.


North Island, isolated showers in the west, but becoming fine in the east. South Island, mostly cloudy. Rain developing in the west late.


North Island, showers in the west and south, turning to rain later. Just increasing cloud about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. South Island, periods of rain, possibly heavy in the west and about the Divide.

Chatham Islands

Rain on Wednesday with strong northeasterlies. Turning to occasional showers on Thursday with a southwest change, also becoming strong. Showers easing late Thursday into Friday, but further rain with northeasterlies developing later Friday.

Northland and Auckland

Rain with heavy falls, turning to showers in Northland tonight and Auckland overnight. Thunderstorms possible. Strong easterlies, gale or severe gale in exposed places, easing overnight.

Waikato to Taranaki, also Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne to Wairarapa, including the central high country

Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms in the east, easing over central and western regions tomorrow. Strong easterlies, gale in exposed places, gradually easing later tomorrow.

Whanganui to Wellington

Scattered rain spreading south tonight and easterlies becoming strong and gusty, rising to gale in exposed places, then easing late tomorrow.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Mainly fine. Isolated showers about the ranges of Fiordland.

Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and coastal Otago

Rain or drizzle developing this evening, but only scattered falls in Nelson.

The remainder of Otago, also Southland

Mainly fine, apart from isolated showers.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Easterly 40 knots, easing to northeast 25 knots by evening. Tending northwest 25 knots during evening, rising to 35 knots early Tuesday morning, then easing back to 25 knots Tuesday afternoon. Becoming southwest 20 knots Tuesday evening. Very rough sea at times. Easterly swell rising to 4 metres for a time.Northerly swell 3 metres developing. Poor visibility in rain with possible thunderstorms, easing Tuesday afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 25 knots with rough sea easing Thursday morning 15 knots and turning early Friday northwest 20 knots. Moderate easterly swell easing Wednesday.Moderate northerly swell easing Wednesday.

Bay Of Islands

Bay of Islands Recreational Marine Area.

An intense low, preceded by gale easterlies, approaches the upper North Island from the north today, affecting the North Island until late Wednesday when it moves away to the east. A brief ridge crosses the country on Thursday, then strong northwesterlies develop ahead of another low which crosses the South Island on Friday.

GALE warning for BRETT

Gale warning. Monday: Easterly 40 knots gusting 50 knots, easing to 25 knots gusting 35 knots early this evening. Turning northerly 20 knots later in the evening. Very rough sea, easing. Poor visibility in rain and possible thunderstorms. Tuesday: Northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots, rising to 35 knots gusting 45 knots for a time in the morning. Easing to northwest 20 knots gusting 30 knots but 15 knots south of Poor Knights Island in the afternoon. Becoming southwest 15 knots everywhere in the evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time in the morning. Poor visibility in rain and possible thunderstorms, easing by midday.

Outlook until midnight Friday: Wednesday: Southwest 15 knots. Showers easing. Thursday: Southwest 10 knots, dying out late. Mainly fine. Friday: Northwest 15 knots developing in the morning. Fine spells, late rain.