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PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY, MOUNT TARANAKI, THE TARARUA RANGE AND BULLER TONIGHT AND DURING WEDNESDAY A complex trough is moving eastwards across New Zealand tonight and Wednesday, with several bands of heavy rain and possible squally thunderstorms expected to affect central and northern New Zealand during this time

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North Island, showers in most places, but mainly fine in the east from Gisborne to Wairarapa. South Island, rain or showers in the south and west, with the odd shower elsewhere.


A few showers, but rain spreading onto the western North Island and northern South Island at night.


North Island, periods of rain spreading eastwards, with some heavy and thundery falls in the west. South Island, rain spreading southwards, some heavy falls possible in the north and east. Mainly fine or becoming mainly fine in Westland and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods and a few showers with northwest winds on Thursday. Showers and westerlies on Friday, winds strong for a time. Rain with possible heavy falls developing on Saturday, westerlies turning northerly and possibly rising to gale for a time.

For all of the North Island, except Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

Showers, some heavy with squally thunderstorms and hail, easing tomorrow evening.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

Mainly fine. However, brief rain this evening and isolated showers tomorrow.

Marlborough, Nelson and Buller

Showers, with isolated squally thunderstorms and hail, easing tomorrow afternoon and clearing in Marlborough and much of Nelson by evening.


A few showers in the north, spreading to most places tomorrow.


Cloud increasing and scattered rain developing this evening, clearing tomorrow.

Otago and Southland excluding Stewart Island

Fine today. Scattered rain developing about the south coast tomorrow morning and spreading north later.

Fiordland and Stewart Island

A few showers, becoming frequent and heavier tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Occasional rain.


Northwest 25 knots. Sea rough. Northerly swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in showers, with squally thunderstorms this afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly westerly 25 knots. Turning Friday northwest 20 knots, rising late Friday northwest 35 knots, with very rough sea. Moderate northerly swell at times.

Bay Of Islands

Bay of Islands Recreational Marine Area.

A large complex trough, with several embedded fronts is slowly moving eastwards across the region followed by a weak ridge of high pressure on Friday. Later on Friday a warm front sinks south over the North Island followed by another trough crossing the area on Saturday.

GALE warning for BRETT

Strong Wind Advisory. Wednesday: Northwest 20 knots rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots late this morning, then easing to 20 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough late morning then easing this evening. Poor visibility in showers with squally thunderstorms from afternoon.

Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Changing westerly 20 knots in the morning. Occasional showers. Friday: Westerly 20 knots, tending northwest 15 knots, rising to 25 knots later. Few showers and fine spells, rain at night. Saturday: Northerly rising to 35 knots early, easing to northwest 20 knots for a time around midday, rising to northwest 30 knots late. Periods of rain.