weather warning

An active and complex low pressure system is forecast to move east across New Zealand this weekend, bringing periods of heavy rain and gales to many places

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North Island: Showers in the west and Tararua District, snow lowering to 1000 metres. Fine in the east and Wellington. South Island: Showers in the west and south, spreading elsewhere for a time. Snow to 500 metres about Buller, but to sea level in the far south.


North Island: Showers, especially in the west, easing later and clearing north of Taupo. Snow lowering to 700 metres about the Central Plateau. South Island: Showers, falling as snow in the south and to 500 metres in Buller, but only scattered showers in the east.


North Island: Fine or becoming fine for most, isolated showers for Northland and Auckland. South Island: A few showers in the south, falling as snow at first. Fine or becoming fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

A change to showers and strong west to southwesterlies on Monday.

Significant Weather Statement

Significant weather will be affecting the country during the next few days and watches and warnings are in force for many areas.

For all of the North Island, except Gisborne and Hawke's Bay

Scattered showers developing this evening. Early rain with heavy falls tomorrow, followed by showers, mainly in the west. Northwest gales.

Gisborne and Hawke's Bay

Mainly fine. Scattered rain for a time late tomorrow morning and during the afternoon. Northwest gales.

Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and Westland

A few showers. Heavy rain developing tonight, clearing early tomorrow, followed by showers, some will be heavy in the west. Possible thunderstorms from tonight. Northwest gales for a time.

Canterbury Plains

Mainly fine. A few spots of rain tomorrow.

Fiordland, Southland and Clutha

Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms in Fiordland, developing this evening. Tomorrow, frequent showers, some heavy with possible thunderstorms and snow lowering to 100 metres late.

For the remainder of Canterbury and Otago

Rain developing this evening, with heavy falls about the divide, turning to showers early tomorrow, some will be heavy with snow lowering to 300 or 400 metres late tomorrow. Northwest gales.

Chatham Islands

Mainly fine today. Rain developing later tomorrow, briefly heavy with possible thunderstorms.


Saturday : Variable 10 knots. Northerly 15 knots developing this morning, rising to 25 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough. Northeast swell 1 metre, easing. Fair visibility in rain this evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Sunday: Rising to northerly 35 knots early morning, then changing northwest 20 knots in the afternoon. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Moderate northwest swell developing for a time. Monday: Westerly 20 knots. Tuesday: Westerly 25 knots, becoming southwest 15 knots. Rough sea easing.

Bay Of Islands

Bay of Islands Recreational Marine Area.

A northwest flow over the country strengthens today as a low approaches southern New Zealand from the Tasman Sea. The low and several associated fronts are expected to move over the country during Sunday, then a strong cold southwest flow spreads over New Zealand on Monday and Tuesday. The southwesterlies ease on Wednesday as a ridge of high pressure approaches from the west.

Gale warning for Brett

Gale warning. Saturday: Northerly 15 knots rising to 20 knots this afternoon, and to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough this evening. Cloudy, with fair visibility in evening showers. Northeast swell half a metre. Sunday: Northerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots rising to 40 knots gusting 55 knots in the morning, then easing to northwest 15 knots around midday. Sea becoming very rough for a time in the morning. Poor visibility in periods of rain, clearing for a time in the afternoon, and again for a time in the evening. Northerly swell 1 metre developing early, rising to 2 metres for a time.

Outlook until midnight Wednesday: Monday: Westerly 15 knots, tending northwest 20 knots later. Odd shower. Northerly swell one metre. Tuesday: Northwest 20 knots, changing southwest 20 knots. Odd shower. Northerly swell half a metre. Wednesday: Easing to southwest 10 knots. Fine spells, chance shower. Northerly swell half a metre or less.