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Rain or showers in most places, heavy falls in Taranaki,However, some fine breaks in the east from Coromandel Peninsula to Gisborne and down to Canterbury. Snow to 600 metres for a time in Otago, Southland and Fiordland.


North Island, rain or showers in most places, clearing in the south later. South Island, rain or showers clearing, but still a few showers about northern ranges.


North Island, rain spreading to most places, but mostly dry in Hawkes Bay. South Island, rain or showers spreading to most places, snow lowering to 400 metres in Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Rain developing early Wednesday and northeasterlies strengthening, lighter northwesterlies and a few showers later. On Thursday, rain or showers, and winds tending southwest. Occasional showers on Friday, and winds tending northerly again.

A deep low lying west of the North Island is forecast to move southeast over the South Island tomorrow. Severe weather warnings and watches are in force.

Northland to Taranaki, including Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Periods of rain, with some heavy falls, clearing tomorrow. Easterlies rising to gale about Taranaki and the central high country this evening, easing tomorrow.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Drizzle turning to rain from the north this evening and overnight, then clearing tomorrow evening.

Wanganui to Wellington

Rain spreading south this evening and overnight, easing to a few showers tomorrow.

Nelson, Buller and Westland

Fine today. Rain developing tomorrow with heavy falls, clearing in Nelson later. Easterlies rising to gale, easing tomorrow afternoon.

Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago

Drizzle turning to rain tomorrow morning, clearing in Marlborough later.

Southland and Fiordland

Mainly fine.

Chatham Island

Cloud clearing tomorrow.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 15 knots rising to northeast 25 knots this evening and to 35 knots for a time overnight. Easing to northwest 15 knots Tuesday morning. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Northerly swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in rain,easing for a time this afternoon and evening,but heavy and possibly thundery overnight, then clearing Tuesday morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Northwest 15 knots, changing overnight Wednesday southwest 25 knots, easing late Thursday 15 knots, becoming early Friday northerly 15 knots, rising late Friday 35 knots with very rough sea. Northerly swell becoming heavy late Friday.


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

A low approaching from the northwest spreads a strong northerly flow over the region tonight, then moves away to the south. A second low moves eastwards across the North Island on Wednesday, followed by a narrow ridge on Thursday. A third deep low approaches central New Zealand from the west on Friday.

GALE warning for PLENTY

Gale warning. Monday: Easterly 20 knots but northeast 15 knots north of Slipper Island. Rising to northeast 25 knots gusting 35 knots everywhere early evening, and to 30 knots gusting 40 knots overnight. Sea becoming rough this afternoon. Poor visibility in drizzle and rain, with occasional heavy falls. Tuesday: Northeast rising to 35 knots gusting 45 knots early morning, easing to northwest 15 knots late morning and to northwest 10 knots in the evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time in the morning. Poor visibility in rain, easing to isolated showers around midday.

Outlook until midnight Friday: Wednesday: Northwest 15 knots. Few showers. Thursday: Changing southwest 20 knots early, easing to 15 knots late. Showers gradually clearing. Friday: Northerly 25 knots developing. Rain setting in.

Swell forecast to midnight Friday: Northerly half a metre, rising to 1 metre late today and 2 metres early Tuesday, then easing to 1.5 metres late Tuesday, 1 metre Wednesday, then rising to 3 metres late Friday.