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North Island, mainly fine in the north and east, increasing cloudy periods elsewhere. Northwesterlies possibly rising to severe gale in exposed places in the south. South Island, gale or severe gale westerlies for many places. Rain spreading north in the west, with heavy falls, then easing from the south. Fine at first in the east, but showers spreading north. Thursday


Isolated showers for Northland, and also for the far south, otherwise mainly fine.

Chatham Islands

Mainly fine on Wednesday with strengthening northwesterlies. Brief rain early Thursday, followed by a few showers and southerlies, then clearing and becoming fine during Friday with winds turning westerly.

For all the North Island, also Marlborough, Nelson and Buller

Fine, with a few cloudy periods in the west from Northland to Kapiti and also Buller. Westerly gales about exposed parts of the Tararua District today.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Fine an warm, with high cloud at times. Northwest gales in exposed inland places.

Westland and Fiordland

Mostly cloudy. Occasional rain or drizzle, becoming confined to South Westland this afternoon.

Chatham Islands

Mainly fine.


Northeast 15 knots, turning northwest 15 knots this morning and southwest 20 knots this evening. Sea becoming moderate.

Outlook following 3 days: Westerly 15 knots, changing Thursday southerly 20 knots, easing Friday variable 10 knots.


Inshore waters from Great Mercury Island to Mayor Island to Matakana Island.

A west to southwest flow covers the country today. A front moves northwards over the South Island on Wednesday then across the North Island on Thursday, preceded by a strong northwest flow and followed by southwesterlies.

NIL warning for PLENTY

Tuesday: Southwest 15 knots, gradually easing to variable 5 knots this morning, then rising to southwest 15 knots again this evening. Sea slight. Fine.

Outlook until midnight Friday: Wednesday: Becoming variable 5 knots early morning. Northerly 15 knots developing in the afternoon, tending westerly 15 knots in the evening. Mainly fine. Thursday: Westerly 15 knots, changing southerly 20 knots around the middle of the day. Mainly fine, odd shower around midday. Friday: Becoming southwest 15 knots early. Fine.

Swell forecast to midnight Friday: Easterly half a metre.