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HEAVY RAIN FOR THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND TARARUA RANGE OVERNIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING


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Friday

Showers in the west and south, may turn to rain for a time, fine in the east. Snow possible down to 200 metres at first in the far south.

Saturday

North Island, a period of rain for most places with heavy falls possible in the west. South Island, rain with some heavy and possibly thundery falls in the west. Showers elsewhere, with snow to low levels in the far south.

Sunday

Showers in the west and south, mostly fine in the east. Snow down to low levels in the far south.

Chatham Islands

Periods of rain, and westerlies rising to gale for a time on Friday. Showers, mainly morning and evening on Saturday as southwest winds turn strong northwest. On Sunday, rain at times with gale southwesterlies.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

A few showers turning to rain for a time tomorrow afternoon, briefly heavy.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

High cloud, with a few showers spreading from the ranges tomorrow.

Waikato to Wellington, including the central high country, also Wairarapa

Periods of rain tomorrow, heavy at times with possible squally thunderstorms. Severe northwest gales in Wellington tomorrow morning.

Western Nelson, Buller, Westland, Fiordland and Stewart Island

Periods of rain, heavy at times, with squally thunderstorms and hail overnight and tomorrow. Snow lowering to 400 metres in Fiordland late tomorrow.

Remainder of Nelson and Marlborough

Occasional showers tomorrow.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

High cloud, with rain in the west and a few spots spreading further east. Snow lowering to 400 metres in Southland and Otago overnight Thursday.

Chatham Islands

Occasional rain.

Cook

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 25 knots, rising to 45 knots this evening,then easing to 35 knots Thursday afternoon. Sea becoming high for a time.Northerly swell 2 metres developing for a time.Southerly swell 1 metre. Poor visibility in rain developing Thursday morning, clearing Thursday afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Northwest 35 knots easing Friday morning 20 knots, rising Friday night 30 knots and early Saturday 45 knots with high sea, easing late Saturday 20 knots.

Kapiti

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

Situation
A series of weak troughs embedded within an unsettled westerly flow affect the country throughout the forecast period.

Warning
GALE warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Forecast
Gale warning. Wednesday: Northwest 20 knots, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots south of Otaki this afternoon. Sea becoming rough in the south this afternoon. Fine. Thursday: Northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots, rising to westerly 35 knots gusting 45 knots in the evening. Sea becoming very rough in the evening. Poor visibility in periods of rain and possible thunderstorms, easing late evening.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Westerly 35 knots easing to 25 knots. A few showers. Saturday: Rising to northwest 30 knots early, easing to westerly 20 knots later. Showers, clearing late. Sunday: Westerly 20 knots. Mainly fine, chance shower.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northwest 1 metre rising to 3 metres Thursday, easing to 2 metres Friday, rising to 2.5 metres Saturday, then easing to 1.5 metres Sunday.

Mana

Inshore waters from Pukerua Bay to Makara Beach.

Situation
A series of weak troughs embedded within an unsettled westerly flow affect the country throughout the forecast period.

Warning
GALE warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Forecast
Gale warning. Wednesday: Northwest 20 knots, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon and to 30 knots gusting 40 knots late evening. Sea becoming rough this afternoon. Fine. Thursday: Northwest rising to 35 knots gusting 45 knots in the morning, then easing to 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the evening. Sea becoming very rough in the morning, then easing in the evening. Poor visibility in rain developing in the morning, clearing in the afternoon.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northwest 25 knots. Chance shower. Saturday: Northwest rising to 35 knots early, easing to 20 knots later. A few showers, clearing late. Sunday: Northwest easing to 15 knots. Mainly fine.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northwest 1 metre rising to 2.5 metres Thursday, easing to 1.5 metres Friday, rising to 2 metres Saturday, then easing to 1 metre Sunday.