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North Island, a few showers from Northland to Bay of Plenty, with one or two possible from Gisborne to Wairarapa. Showers becoming widespread elsewhere. South Island, rain in the west, heavy at first, clearing Westland late. Patchy rain or showers in the south. A few spots of morning rain elsewhere.


Showers clearing then fine spells increasing over the North Island, but high cloud increasing over the South Island.


Rain developing in the west of both Islands, with heavy falls about the South Island. Scattered rain or showers elsewhere. Northerlies rising to gale in exposed parts of the South Island and lower North Island, turning westerly overnight.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods on Friday. Northwesterlies, strong at first. A few showers on Saturday. Winds changing fresh southwest. Occasional rain on Sunday. Strong southerlies gradually turning northeast.

Northland to Bay of Plenty

Mainly fine, however a few light showers about eastern Bay of Plenty from tonight until tomorrow morning.

Gisborne to Wairarapa, including Taihape, Wanganui and Manawatu

Mainly fine. Remaining showers about Gisborne coast clearing this afternoon.

Waikato to Taranaki, including Taumarunui, Taupo, Horowhenua Kapiti Coast and Wellington

Fine today. Mostly cloudy tomorrow with isolated light showers about the west coast.

Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury

Fine today. High cloud increasing tomorrow and possible morning low cloud about Canterbury Plains.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Mostly cloudy. Drizzle in Fiordland spreading elsewhere tomorrow morning, then turning to rain from afternoon with some heavy falls south of Glaciers. Easing to showers in Fiordland tomorrow night.

Otago and Southland

Fine today. High cloud tomorrow with a few spots of rain in the east.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy. A few showers possible tomorrow.


Southwest 15 knots easing to variable 10 knots this morning. Sea slight.

Outlook following 3 days: Variable 10 knots. Developing early Friday northwest 15 knots, rising late Friday northwest 25 knots, changing Saturday southwest 25 knots. Sea becoming rough.


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

A ridge builds over the country today, then begins to move away to the northeast on Thursday. A front passes over the North Island on Friday, followed by a ridge on Saturday. The ridge moves away to the east on Sunday as a complex trough moves onto New Zealand from the west.

NIL warning for PLENTY

Wednesday: Southeast 10 knots easing to variable 5 knots early this afternoon. Northeast 10 knots developing for a time this afternoon and evening. Sea slight. Fine. Thursday: Variable 5 knots. Northwest 15 knots developing in the afternoon, becoming westerly 10 knots in the evening. Sea slight. Mainly fine.

Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Tending northwest 15 knots in the morning. Cloudy periods and a few showers. Saturday: Changing southwest 15 knots. Showers clearing and fine breaks increasing. Sunday: Becoming variable 5 knots early. Northwest 20 knots developing late. Cloud increasing. A few late showers.

Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northeast half a metre or less, rising to 1 metre Sunday.