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An active frontal system is moving across the North Island this morning,bringing further rain and northwest gales

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North Island: Showers, especially in the west, easing later and clearing north of Taupo. Snow to 600 metres about the Central Plateau. South Island: Showers, falling as snow to 400 metres but to low levels in the far south. Becoming fine about Westland, Canterbury and Marlborough.


North Island: Isolated showers in the west from Taranaki to Northland, easing. Becoming fine elsewhere. South Island: Showers in the far south, falling as snow at first. Fine or becoming fine elsewhere. Possible early severe frosts about interior basins.


Isolated showers about Northland. Rain about Fiordland, spreading to southern Westland later. Mainly fine elsewhere.


Rain spreading up the South Island west coast, reaching the lower North Island late. Early scattered rain about Southland and Otago. Cloud increasing elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Frequent showers and strong, cold west to southwesterlies, all easing on Thursday.

Significant Weather Statement

A significant cold outbreak affects the South Island, with snow to sea level in the far south tomorrow.

For all of the North Island

Scattered showers, mainly south of Auckland and Bay of Plenty, becoming widespread and heavy at times, with hail possible tomorrow. Thunderstorms possible about coastal areas from Waikato to Kapiti. Severe northwest gales about the lower North Island tomorrow.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Scattered showers, some heavy with hail. But mainly fine this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Snow lowering to 400 metres later tomorrow. Severe northwest gales tomorrow.

Buller and Westland

Showers, some heavy with hail and possible squally thunderstorms. Snow lowering to 400 metres in Buller and 200 metres in Westland tomorrow.

Otago, Southland and Fiordland

Showers, some heavy with hail and possible thunderstorms. Snow lowering to sea level tomorrow about southern areas, with heavy snow above 200 metres.

Chatham Islands

Rain, heavy with possible thunderstorms, then showers tonight. More heavy falls with hail and thunderstorms possible tomorrow evening.


Sunday : Northwest 20 knots. Sea moderate. Northerly swell rising to 2 metres for a time. Fair visibility in isolated showers. Monday : Westerly 20 knots, rising to 30 knots in the evening. Sea becoming rough. Northwest swell 1 metre, easing. Fair visibility in morning showers.

Outlook following 3 days: Tuesday: Becoming southwest 30 knots in the morning. Sea rough. Wednesday: Southwest 25 knots easing to 15 knots early morning. Rough sea easing. Thursday: Variable 10 knots.


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

A deep trough and several associated fronts move east across the country today, then a strong, cold southwest flow spreads over New Zealand during Monday and Tuesday. Southwesterlies ease on Wednesday, then a ridge of high pressure moves onto the country on Thursday.

Nil for Plenty

Strong wind advisory. Sunday: Northwest 20 knots easing to 15 knots this evening. Moderate sea easing this evening. Cloudy periods with fair visibility in isolated showers. Northerly swell 1.5 metres, easing to 1 metre late. Monday: Northwest 15 knots rising to westerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots early morning. Sea becoming rough early morning. Fair visibility in showers, clearing in morning and becoming mainly fine. Northerly swell 1 metre, easing.

Outlook until midnight Thursday: Tuesday: Turning southwest 25 knots morning. Cloudy periods, chance shower. Northerly swell half to 1 metre. Wednesday: Easing to southwest 10 knots. Fine spells, chance shower. Northeast swell half a metre or less. Thursday: Variable 5 knots. Becoming fine. Nil significant swell.