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A deep low is forecast to move southeastwards across the upper North Island during Tuesday, then move away to the east on Wednesday

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North Island, widespread rain or showers, easing later for most. South Island, occasional rain about Canterbury and Marlborough,easing. Showers developing later in the far south. Mainly fine elsewhere.


North Island, isolated showers in the west, but becoming fine in the east. South Island, mostly cloudy. Rain developing in the west late.


North Island, showers in the west and south, turning to rain later. Just increasing cloud about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. South Island, periods of rain, possibly heavy in the west and about the Divide.

Chatham Islands

Rain on Wednesday with strong northeasterlies. Turning to occasional showers on Thursday with a southwest change, also becoming strong. Showers easing late Thursday into Friday, but further rain with northeasterlies developing later Friday.

Northland and Auckland

Rain with heavy falls, turning to showers in Northland tonight and Auckland overnight. Thunderstorms possible. Strong easterlies, gale or severe gale in exposed places, easing overnight.

Waikato to Taranaki, also Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne to Wairarapa, including the central high country

Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms in the east, easing over central and western regions tomorrow. Strong easterlies, gale in exposed places, gradually easing later tomorrow.

Whanganui to Wellington

Scattered rain spreading south tonight and easterlies becoming strong and gusty, rising to gale in exposed places, then easing late tomorrow.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Mainly fine. Isolated showers about the ranges of Fiordland.

Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and coastal Otago

Rain or drizzle developing this evening, but only scattered falls in Nelson.

The remainder of Otago, also Southland

Mainly fine, apart from isolated showers.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Easterly 45 knots, easing to 35 knots early evening, and to northeast 25 knots late evening. Becoming southwest 15 knots Tuesday evening. High sea, easing. Easterly swell rising to 3 metres for a time. Northerly swell 4 metres developing. Poor visibility in periods of rain, with possible thunderstorms Tuesday morning, then easing.

Outlook following 3 days: Rising Wednesday morning southwest 25 knots with rough sea, easing late Thursday 15 knots. Turning Friday northwest 20 knots. Heavy northerly swell easing Wednesday.


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

An intense low, preceded by gale easterlies, approaches the upper North Island from the north today, affecting the North Island until late Wednesday when it moves away to the east. A brief ridge crosses the country on Thursday, then strong northwesterlies develop ahead of another low which crosses the South Island on Friday.

GALE warning for PLENTY

Gale warning. Monday: Easterly rising to 35 knots gusting 45 knots by evening, and 40 knots gusting 50 knots early evening. Sea becoming very rough by evening. Poor visibility in rain. Tuesday: Easterly 35 knots gusting 45 knots, easing to northeast 25 knots gusting 35 knots early morning, and to 20 knots in the afternoon. Becoming easterly 30 knots in the evening. Very rough sea, easing. Poor visibility in rain and possible thunderstorms.

Outlook until midnight Friday: Wednesday: Changing southwest 20 knots early morning. Rain clearing in the morning and becoming fine. Thursday: Southwest 20 knots easing to 15 knots late. Fine. Friday: Northerly 10 knots developing early, rising to northwest 15 knots later. Fine spells, late rain.

Swell forecast to midnight Friday: Easterly 1 metre rising to 2 metres late today, rising to northeast 3.5 metres early Tuesday, then turning northerly 3.5 metres late Tuesday, easing to northerly 1 metre Wednesday and half a metre or less Thursday.