weather warning

HEAVY RAIN FOR NORTHWEST NELSON, WELLINGTON, HOROWHENUA AND KAPITI A complex trough crosses central New Zealand this morning, bringing a period of heavy rain

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, some rain or showers for most, easing later. Dry in the east with high cloud. South Island, occasional rain in the northwest, clearing at night. Drizzle for Fiordland, then late rain. Mainly fine elsewhere, but morning low cloud or fog.


North Island, the odd shower in the far north and east. Showers clearing elsewhere and becoming fine. South Island, early heavy rain for Fiordland, then a few showers. Showers developing in southern Westland, Southland and Clutha. Mainly fine elsewhere.


Mainly fine, but one or two showers in the far north and east of the North Island and for southern Westland and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

On Friday, cloudy periods, with northerlies developing. On Saturday, often cloudy, with a few showers developing at night. Northwesterlies changing southwest overnight. On Sunday, few morning showers, then fine. Southerlies dying out.

Northland to Waitomo, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country, also Gisborne

Mostly cloudy with the odd shower.

Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, also South Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu

Scattered rain.

North Taranaki, Horowhenua Kapiti Coast and Wellington

Rain with some heavy falls, easing later.

Nelson, Marlborough and Buller

Rain clearing most places this morning but the odd shower remaining in Buller and about the Sounds.

Westland and Fiordland, also Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Mostly sunny. However, cloud about Canterbury at first, and cloud increasing about the Fiords later with patchy evening drizzle.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy. Brief rain possible towards evening.


Southwest 20 knots but northerly 25 knots north of Abut Head,becoming southwest 15 knots everywhere this morning. Rough sea in the north, easing. Westerly swell, 4 metres, with unusually long period. Northerly swell 2 metres dying out. Poor visibility in rain, easing this morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 15 knots. Heavy southwest swell with unusally long period, easing Saturday.