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An active cold front over the west of the North Island should continue to track northeast and away from New Zealand tonight (Tuesday) and during Wednesday morning


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Thursday

North Island: A few showers in the west and north. Fine elsewhere, just isolated afternoon or evening showers about the ranges. South Island: Rain in the west and south easing. Scattered rain elsewhere from late morning, clearing evening. Gale northwest then southwest in the south easing.

Friday

North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Northland to Manawatu, fine elsewhere. South Island: Showers in the west and far south. Fine elsewhere, but isolated afternoon showers inland.

Saturday

North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Northland to Kapiti Coast, fine elsewhere. South Island: Rain in the west, possibly heavy, clearing south of Hokitika later. Morning rain in the south, scattered rain in Canterbury High Country. Mainly fine elsewhere, isolated showers about the ranges from afternoon.

Chatham Islands

Showers on Thursday and early Friday then fine spells. Strong northerlies changing westerly early Friday.

Northern and western areas from Northland to Kapiti, including Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Occasional showers and fine spells, but a period of heavier rain this evening or overnight with possible thunderstorms.

Gisborne and Hawke's Bay

Mainly fine, but a few showers spreading from the west at times.

Wellington and Wairarapa, also Marlborough and Nelson

Occasional showers, more persistent about the ranges. Northwest gales in exposed places.

Canterbury

Periods of rain and thunderstorms about the high country, with northwest gales. Mainly fine elsewhere, but a few showers this evening.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Periods of rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms and hail.

Otago and Southland

Occasional rain or showers, with the odd thunderstorm, but fine spells as well. Snow above 900 metres.

Chatham Islands

Fine spells, but rain for a time tomorrow.

Cook

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Wednesday : Northwest 45 knots, easing to 35 knots this morning. High sea easing. Northwest swell 2 metres north of Mana Island. Fair visibility in showers.

Outlook following 3 days: Thursday: Northerly easing to 25 knots in the morning and variable 10 knots in the evening. Very rough sea easing. Moderate northwest swell north of Mana Island easing. Friday: Northerly 15 knots developing early. Saturday: Northerly rising to 30 knots. Sea becoming rough.

Kapiti

Inshore waters from Waitarere to Pukerua Bay and out to Kapiti Island.

Situation
Strong, cold southwesterlies affect the country today, while a deep low moves slowly east over the far south. The low moves away to the southeast on Thursday. A ridge building in the Tasman Sea spreads over the North Island during Friday, while another front approaches the far south. The front moves over the South Island on Saturday.

Warning
Gale warning for Cook Nil for Stephens

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Wednesday: Northwest 30 knots gusting 40 knots, easing to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon. Sea rough. Poor visibility in showers, with possible thunderstorms this evening. Northwest swell rising to 3 metres for a time.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Northwest 25 knots, easing to westerly 15 knots in the evening. Showers, becoming isolated in the evening. Northwest swell easing to 1.5 metres. Friday: Easing to northwest 10 knots early, becoming northeast 15 knots later.. Morning and evening cloud, otherwise fine. Northwest swell easing to 1 metre. Saturday: Rising to northwest 25 knots, easing to northerly 15 knots later. A few showers developing. Northwest swell 1 metre.

Mana

Inshore waters from Pukerua Bay to Makara Beach.

Situation
Strong, cold southwesterlies affect the country today, while a deep low moves slowly east over the far south. The low moves away to the southeast on Thursday. A ridge building in the Tasman Sea spreads over the North Island during Friday, while another front approaches the far south. The front moves over the South Island on Saturday.

Warning
Gale warning for Cook Nil for Stephens

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Wednesday: Northwest 30 knots gusting 40 knots, easing to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon. Sea rough. Poor visibility in showers, with possible thunderstorms north of Mana Island this evening. Northwest swell rising to 2.5 metres for a time.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Northwest 30 knots easing to westerly 20 knots in the evening. Showers, becoming isolated in the evening. Northwest swell easing to 1 metre. Friday: Easing to variable 5 knots early, then becoming northerly 15 knots, rising to 20 knots later. Morning cloud, then fine. Northwest swell easing to half a metre. Southwest swell half a metre developing for a time. Saturday: Rising to northerly 25 knots for a time. Long fine spells. Northwest swell half a metre.