weather warning

HEAVY RAIN FOR CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND AND SEVERE NORTHERLY GALES FOR AUCKLAND, NORTHLAND, TARANAKI, WANGANUI, TAIHAPE AND NORTHERN MANAWATU TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING


extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast

Sunday

North Island, occasional rain or showers for most places, but dry for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne in the morning. South Island, showers in the south, especially about the coast.Fine breaks increasing further north, but showers lingering in Buller, northern Westland, and about Banks Peninsula and the Kaikoura Coast.

Monday

North Island, occasional showers in the west, but fine breaks and only the odd shower in the east. South Island, showers spreading to most places, but remaining dry in southern Westland, northern Fiordland, and Nelson.

Tuesday

North Island, occasional showers in the west, and showers spreading north in the east. South Island, occasional showers for most places, but dry for northern Fiordland, Westland, Buller, Nelson and inland Marlborough.

Chatham Islands

occasional showers throughout the period. Northerlies turning strong or gale westerly on Sunday, then southerly on Tuesday.

WARNINGS FOR HEAVY RAIN AND SEVERE GALES IN FORCE FOR MANY AREAS

Northland to Waikato, including Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Rain spreading east this morning, with possible downpours and severe gales in exposed places, followed by showers, some heavy and thundery in the west later.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Rain, heavy about the ranges, clearing this afternoon.

Waitomo to Wellington, including the central high country, also Wairarapa, Nelson and Marlborough

Rain, with thundery downpours and severe gales in exposed places, easing to showers by midday, but further squally thunderstorms and hail possible.

Buller and Westland

Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms north of Hokitika, easing this afternoon or evening.

Fiordland

Mostly fine.

Canterbury and Otago, not including Clutha

Rain with heavy falls, and snow to 600 metres, easing from afternoon.

Clutha and Southland

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers.

Chatham Islands

Morning rain, then the odd shower.

Grey

*STORM WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 25 knots but easterly 50 knots north of Abut Head. Becoming southeast 35 knots but northerly 35 knots in the north this morning, turning northwest 30 knots in the north this afternoon. Becoming southwest 20 knots everywhere this evening. High sea in the north easing. Northwest swell, rising to 3 metres. Southwest swell 2 metres. Poor visibility in rain, with thunderstorms possible in the north this morning and afternoon, clearing this evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 20 knots, dying out in the north early Tuesday. Developing in the north late Tuesday southeast 20 knots. Moderate southwest swell.