weather warning

An active front moves onto the country from the Tasman Sea on Tuesday, preceded by a strong and moist north to northeast flow, then followed by disturbed west to northwesterlies

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, rain clearing and becoming fine. However, a few showers lingering in the west. South Island, mainly fine for most at first but rain in the north clearing. Rain spreading from the south later, mainly in the west.


North Island, showers or rain for most. South Island, rain in the west and north, and cloudy periods with a few spots further east at first. Snow to about 1000 metres in the west.


North Island, showers or rain for most. South Island, rain in the north, becoming fine in the west. Showers developing in the east with snow lowering to 800 metres.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods, showers developing on Wednesday, turning to rain Friday. Northerlies, becoming strong for a time late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Northland, Auckland, and Coromandel

Isolated showers turning to rain during the afternoon or evening, with some heavy and possibly thundery falls for Northland.

Waikato to Taranaki, also Bay of Plenty, Taupo, and Taumarunui

Mostly cloudy, with patchy drizzle turning to rain tonight.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, and Wairarapa

Fine, with areas of cloud about Gisborne clearing this morning.

Whanganui and Taihape to Wellington

Mainly fine with a few cloudy areas, but scattered rain developing tonight.

Nelson, Buller, Westland, and Fiordland

Showers at first. A period of rain spreading north this morning and afternoon, reaching Nelson this evening, with some heavy falls and northerly gales in exposed places.

Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago, and Southland

High cloud increasing. Scattered rain in Southland this morning and further north during the afternoon and evening. Northwest gales in exposed inland areas, easing from afternoon.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 25 knots, but 35 knots south of Abut Head. Becoming northeast 35 knots everywhere by midday. Changing westerly 20 knots in the south this afternoon, and elsewhere this evening. Sea very rough at times. Northerly swell 3 metres developing for a time. Southwest swell rising to 3 metres. Poor visibility in a period of rain today.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming in the south Wednesday morning northeast 20 knots, then everywhere Wednesday afternoon northeast 20 knots. Changing Wednesday evening westerly 20 knots, easing early Thursday northwest 10 knots. Becoming Friday southwest 15 knots. Southwest swell becoming heavy Thursday. Moderate northwest swell at times.