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Wednesday

North Island, mainly fine, but showers for Northland,Taranaki, Kapiti and Wellington. Gale northerlies for Wellington. South Island, high cloud in the east, with scattered late rain in the south. Rain west of the divide, possibly heavy. Northerlies rising to gale in exposed places.

Thursday

North Island, becoming cloudy and showers or rain developing in central and southern areas. Fine in the north. South Island, rain for most places, clearing. Becoming fine in the south but remaining cloudy in the north.

Friday

North Island, mainly fine in the north. A few showers for central and southern areas clearing. South Island, a few showers in the north, and also west of the divide. Cloud about Canterbury Plains breaking during the afternoon.Otherwise fine.

Chatham Islands

Cloud increasing Wednesday, with showers and northerlies developing.A period of rain Thursday with winds changing southwest, then dying. Showers clearing but remaining cloudy Friday, and northerlies developing.

Northland to Taranaki, also Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

Cloudy periods with isolated showers.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Fine, with variable high cloud.

Wanganui to Wellington, also Taihape

Cloudy periods, and a few showers about the Kapiti Coast.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Fine at first, but high cloud increasing, with scattered rain developing in the west later.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

A few showers. However, rain in the south gradually spreading north, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms. Rain than easing to showers about Fiordland and southern Westland later.

Otago and Southland

Scattered rain developing in the west this morning, briefly spreading further east this afternoon and then clearing and becoming fine.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy.

Cook

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 25 knots gradually rising to 40 knots this afternoon. Sea becoming very rough. Southerly swell rising to 2 metres for a time.

Outlook following 3 days: Northerly gradually easing Tuesday 25 knots but rising late Wednesday 40 knots. Changing Thursday morning southerly 15 knots. Sea becoming very rough for a time.

Mana

Inshore waters from Pukerua Bay to Makara Beach.

Situation
A ridge of high pressure over the upper North Island directs a northwest over the region. Northwesterlies strengthen ahead of front which is expected to stall and weaken over the upper South Island today and Tuesday. A trough moves eastwards over the area on Wednesday, followed by another ridge.

Warning
GALE warning for COOK NIL warning for STEPHENS

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Monday: Northwest 20 knots, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this morning and to 30 knots gusting 40 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough this morning. Cloudy periods with fair visibility in few showers.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Thursday: Tuesday: Northwest 30 knots gradually easing to 15 knots. A few showers. Wednesday: Northerly 15 knots, rising to 30 knots in the evening. A few showers. Thursday: Northerly 30 knots, changing southerly 20 knots by noon but easing to 15 knots in the evening. Showers, turning to rain for a time.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Friday: Northwest half a metre, rising to 1.5 metres Tuesday, easing to 1 metre Wednesday. Northwest rising to 1.5 metres for a time Thursday and early Friday.

Wellington

Wellington Harbour and the south coast from Sinclair Head to Baring Head.

Situation
A ridge of high pressure over the upper North Island directs a northwest over the region. Northwesterlies strengthen ahead of front which is expected to stall and weaken over the upper South Island today and Tuesday. A trough moves eastwards over the area on Wednesday, followed by another ridge.

Warning
GALE warning for COOK

Forecast
Strong Wind Advisory. Monday: Northerly 20 knots gusting 30 knots, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this morning and to 30 knots gusting 40 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough this morning. Cloudy periods.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Thursday: Tuesday: Northwest 30 knots gradually easing to 15 knots. A few showers. Wednesday: Northerly 15 knots, rising to 30 knots in the evening. A few showers. Thursday: Northerly 30 knots, changing southerly 20 knots by noon but easing to 15 knots in the evening. Showers, turning to rain for a time.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Friday: For Wellington South Coast and Palliser Bay: Southerly 1.5 metres, easing to 1 metre today and half a metre Wednesday. For Castlepoint: Southerly 2 metres, easing to 1.5 metres today and to 1 metre or less Wednesday.