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HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL NEW ZEALAND FROM FRIDAY EVENING INTO SATURDAY MORNING


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Saturday

North Island, periods of rain in the north and west, possibly heavy and thundery at times. Scattered falls spreading further east. South Island, thundery rain in the north, easing during the morning. Rain in the east with snow down to 800 metres. A few showers in the far south, but mainly fine for Fiordland.

Sunday

North Island, showers, but mainly fine for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, until showers spread there in the evening. South Island, mostly cloudy with occasional showers.

Monday

North Island, fine breaks, and occasional showers mainly for western areas. South Island, cloudy with occasional showers in the south, and also the east coast. Mostly fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Rain developing Saturday, heavy and possibly thundery later in the day, with strong or gale northeasterlies changing northwest.Showers on Sunday and Monday, with northerlies turning gale westerly on Sunday, then changing strong southwest Monday.

Auckland to Waikato, also Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Showers, some maybe heavy, becoming isolated this evening.

Waitomo to Kapiti, also Taupo and Taihape

Showers, some heavy and possibly thundery, easing this evening. Rain developing about Taranaki and Kapiti tomorrow evening.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Fine. High cloud tomorrow.

Wellington and Wairarapa

Mainly fine, with any remaining showers clearing this afternoon. Rain developing tomorrow evening.

Nelson and Marlborough

Mainly fine. However, rain developing tomorrow evening with some heavy falls.

Canterbury

Mostly fine, but rain spreading from the north tomorrow evening, and snow lowering to 700 metres at night.

Otago and Southland

Cloudy at times, with a few showers.

Buller and north Westland

Occasional rain, heavy at times today and about Buller tomorrow evening, with isolated thunderstorms until this evening.

South Westland and Fiordland

Mainly fine. A few showers about southern Fiordland today.

Chatham Islands

A few showers.

Colville

Northwest rising to 25 knots this afternoon, easing to 15 knots Friday morning. Becoming northerly 25 knots Friday evening. Sea rough at times. Northwest swell, 2 metres offshore, easing.

Outlook following 3 days: Rising Saturday morning northwest 35 knots with very rough sea, easing Sunday morning westerly 25 knots.Moderate northerly swell at times Saturday and Sunday.

Coromandel

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

Situation
A series of troughs cross New Zealand today, followed by a weak ridge of high pressure on Friday. Another large trough is expected to cross the country from the west on Saturday, leaving westerlies over the North Island.

Warning
NIL warning for PLENTY

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Thursday: Northwest 20 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots north of Slipper Island. Becoming westerly 15 knots but 20 knots in the north this evening. Rough sea in the north easing. Fair visibility in occasional showers. Friday: Westerly 15 knots but 20 knots in the north, becoming northwest 15 knots everywhere in the morning. Rising to northerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the evening. Sea becoming rough in the evening. Cloudy periods.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Monday: Saturday: Northerly rising 35 knots in the morning, easing to northwest 20 knots for a time in the afternoon and evening. Morning rain, with possible thunderstorms, then showers. Sunday: Becoming northwest 15 knots in the morning, rising to westerly 20 knots late. A few showers, turning to rain. Monday: Westerly 25 knots, easing to 20 knots late. A few showers.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Monday: Northerly half a metre, rising to 2 metres Saturday, then easing to 1 metre Sunday and to half a metre Monday.