An active and complex low pressure system is forecast to move east across New Zealand this weekend, bringing periods of heavy rain and gales to many places
North Island: Showers in the west and Tararua District, snow lowering to 1000 metres. Fine in the east and Wellington. South Island: Showers in the west and south, spreading elsewhere for a time. Snow to 500 metres about Buller, but to sea level in the far south.
North Island: Showers, especially in the west, easing later and clearing north of Taupo. Snow lowering to 700 metres about the Central Plateau. South Island: Showers, falling as snow in the south and to 500 metres in Buller, but only scattered showers in the east.
North Island: Fine or becoming fine for most, isolated showers for Northland and Auckland. South Island: A few showers in the south, falling as snow at first. Fine or becoming fine elsewhere.
A change to showers and strong west to southwesterlies on Monday.
Significant weather will be affecting the country during the next few days and watches and warnings are in force for many areas.
Scattered showers developing this evening. Early rain with heavy falls tomorrow, followed by showers, mainly in the west. Northwest gales.
Mainly fine. Scattered rain for a time late tomorrow morning and during the afternoon. Northwest gales.
A few showers. Heavy rain developing tonight, clearing early tomorrow, followed by showers, some will be heavy in the west. Possible thunderstorms from tonight. Northwest gales for a time.
Mainly fine. A few spots of rain tomorrow.
Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms in Fiordland, developing this evening. Tomorrow, frequent showers, some heavy with possible thunderstorms and snow lowering to 100 metres late.
Rain developing this evening, with heavy falls about the divide, turning to showers early tomorrow, some will be heavy with snow lowering to 300 or 400 metres late tomorrow. Northwest gales.
Mainly fine today. Rain developing later tomorrow, briefly heavy with possible thunderstorms.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Saturday : Northerly 15 knots, rising to 25 knots this afternoon and to 40 knots this evening. Sea becoming very rough. Southwest swell 1 metre. Northeast swell 1 metre. Sunday : Northerly 40 knots changing westerly 30 knots in the afternoon. Very rough sea easing. Southwest swell rising to 2 metres, with period 11 seconds. Northeast swell rising to 2 metres. Fair visibility in showers, mainly morning and evening.
Outlook following 3 days: Monday: Northwest 30 knots, changing southwest 35 knots late morning, easing to 25 knots late. Sea very rough for a time. Moderate northeast swell easing. Moderate southwest swell. Tuesday: Southwest 25 knots, rising to 35 knots for a time. Sea very rough for a time. Southerly swell becoming heavy. Wednesday: Southwest 20 knots, easing to 10 knots late. Heavy southerly swell easing.