SIGNIFICANT HEAVY RAIN FOR THE SOUTH ISLAND WEST COAST AND CANTERBURY HEADWATERS
Remaining showers becoming isolated during the morning and long fine spells developing.
North Island, cloud increasing, with a few late showers in the north. South Island, cloud increasing, with rain developing in the west, and scattered late rain elsewhere.
Rain for most places, possibly heavy, then mainly fine for the eastern North Island and Nelson, and a few showers elsewhere.
Cloudy periods tonight. A period of rain around the middle of tomorrow, then clearing.
Rain this evening and overnight, with heavy falls, clearing tomorrow, but showers return towards evening. Northwest gales, severe in Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough, easing tomorrow morning.
Very heavy rain with possible thunderstorms, easing to showers tomorrow morning, then clearing south of Hokitika from afternoon. Severe westerly gales about Fiordland early tomorrow.
Occasional rain overnight. Showers tomorrow afternoon and evening, with thunderstorms in the north. Severe northwest gales, easing tomorrow morning.
Rain easing to showers tomorrow afternoon. Severe southwest gales tomorrow morning.
Cloudy periods tonight. Occasional rain tomorrow.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Westerly 30 knots but northwest 45 knots north of Abut Head. Becoming southwest 35 knots everywhere early morning, easing to 25 knots late this evening. High sea in the north easing. Southwest swell rising to 4 metres. Northwest swell 3 metres easing. Poor visibility in rain at times, with possible thunderstorms.
Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 25 knots, dying out Friday. Developing Saturday northeast 35 knots, changing early Sunday southwest 45 knots with high sea, easing late Sunday 35 knots. Heavy southwest swell at times. Heavy northerly swell developing Sunday.