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A complex low pressure system is expected to move eastwards across New Zealand Sunday night and Monday, preceded by a period of strong to gale northeasterlies

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North Island: Scattered showers, mainly in the west and becoming fine in the east. South Island: Showers in the south and west, with snow to 500 metres in the far south. Fine spells and isolated showers elsewhere.


North Island: Showers, easing north of Taupo. Strong westerlies. South Island: Showers, clearing in the west and about Nelson by afternoon, and becoming isolated for central Otago. Snow to 600 metres, but possibly 400 metres at first in the south.


North Island: A few showers, but mainly fine for central areas. South Island: Showers in the east and south with snow possible to 600 metres. Elsewhere mainly fine.


North Island: Showers about Wellington, Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay/ Gisborne coast clearing. Mainly fine elsewhere. South Island: Fine or becoming fine for most. Showers about Stewart Island and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Period of rain, easing to a few showers on Friday. Strong northerlies, turning westerly late Tuesday, then northerly again Wednesday. A gale southwest change Thursday, easing Friday.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Taupo

Rain spreading south during the evening and overnight with heavy falls, followed by showers, some heavy and possibly thundery. Strong to gale northeasterlies, easing overnight or tomorrow morning.

Waikato to Wellington, including Taumarunui and Taihape

Rain for a time tonight or early tomorrow, then a few showers.

Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, and Wairarapa

Fine today. Rain at times tomorrow.

Nelson and northern Marlborough

Rain, with some heavy falls, clearing tomorrow morning then mainly fine, but rain about western Nelson again late tomorrow.

Remainder of Marlborough, also Canterbury

High cloud. Occasional rain about the High Country, and patchy rain elsewhere for a time overnight. Mainly fine tomorrow.

Buller, Westland, and Fiordland

Periods of rain, heavy and possibly thundery at times.

Otago and Southland

Scattered rain, becoming widespread and heavier later tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods. Late rain tomorrow.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 30 knots, rising to 40 knots this evening. Changing northwest 20 knots overnight tonight, then changing southwest 25 knots Monday evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time.Northerly swell 2 metres developing. Poor visibility in showers and possible thunderstorms from this evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Southwest 25 knots, rising late Wednesday and early Thursday 35 knots for a time late. Southwest easing later Thursday 15 knots. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Moderate northerly swell, easing Tuesday.


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

A low and associated fronts affect the country for the next few days, then moving away to the east late Wednesday into Thursday, followed by a ridge of high pressure from later Thursday.

Gale warning for Plenty

Gale warning. Sunday: Northerly 30 knots gusting 40 knots, rising to 35 knots gusting 45 knots this evening,. Sea becoming very rough this evening. Poor visibility in occasional showers, turning to rain tonight. Monday: Northerly 35 knots gusting 45 knots, easing to northwest 15 knots early morning. Rising to northerly 20 knots in the afternoon, then changing westerly 20 knots in the evening. Very rough sea easing early morning. Poor visibility in showers with possible thunderstorms.

Outlook until midnight Thursday: Tuesday: Westerly 20 knots. Turning northwest 20 knots in the evening. Cloudy periods and a few showers. Wednesday: Northwest 20 knots. Changing southwest 25 knots in the evening. Mostly cloudy with showers. Thursday: Southwest easing to 20 knots early and to 15 knots later. Showers easing and gradually clearing with fine breaks increasing.

Swell forecast to midnight Thursday: Northeast half a metre, rising to northerly 1 metre this evening and to 2.5 metres Monday morning, then easing to 1 metre Tuesday and to northeast half a metre or less later Wednesday.