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Thursday

North Island, isolated morning showers in the north, and from Gisborne to Wellington, otherwise mainly fine. South Island, rain developing in Fiordland, otherwise mainly fine.

Friday

North Island, cloudy periods increasing in the west, fine in the east. South Island, rain spreading north in the west, with some heavy falls possible. Increasing high cloud in the east, with late rain in the south.

Saturday

North Island, mostly cloudy in the west, with occasional showers from Waikato to Wellington, fine elsewhere. South Island, rain easing to a few showers in the west, brief rain then mainly fine in the east.

Chatham Islands

Occasional showers and southerlies easing on Thursday. Showers clearing and southerlies dying out on Friday. Northerlies developing on Saturday and cloudy periods increasing.

Northland to Taranaki, also Coromandel and Taumarunui

Showers, some heavy with hail.

Bay of Plenty, Taupo

Occasional showers becoming isolated this morning, then clearing this evening.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa

Showers in Wairarapa, spreading north this morning.

Wanganui and Taihape

Showers, gradually easing. Snow about high level roads this evening.

Manawatu, Horowhenua Kapiti Coast

Showers, clearing this morning.

Wellington

Occasional showers, clearing this morning but returning early evening.

Marlborough and Canterbury

Scattered showers developing in Canterbury late morning and Marlborough this afternoon, then clearing everywhere overnight.

Nelson and Westland

Fine.

Buller

A few showers until evening, mainly about the coast.

Fiordland, Southland and Clutha

Showers with snow to 600 metres, easing this morning, then clearing from afternoon.

Remainder of Otago

Mainly fine, isolated morning or afternoon showers.

Chatham Islands

Fine spells and the odd shower.

Cook

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Southerly 35 knots, easing to southwest 15 knots for a time this morning and afternoon. Very rough sea easing for a time. Southerly swell 3 metres developing.Poor visibility in morning and evening showers.

Outlook following 3 days: Easing Thursday morning southerly 15 knots, becoming Thursday evening northerly 15 knots, rising Friday northerly 35 knots with very rough sea, easing early Saturday northwest 25 knots, and late Saturday variable 10 knots. Moderate southerly swell easing Thursday.

Mana

Inshore waters from Pukerua Bay to Makara Beach.

Situation
A complex moves off the area today, followed by disturbed southwesterlies. A ridge moves over central New Zealand early Thursday,remaining through Friday. A front,preceded by northwesterlies moves over the area on Saturday.

Warning
GALE warning for COOK NIL warning for STEPHENS

Forecast
Gale warning. Wednesday: Northerly 10 knots, changing southerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots early morning, easing to southwest 15 knots late morning. Rising to southerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon and to 35 knots gusting 45 knots for a time this evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time this evening. Poor visibility in morning and evening showers.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Easing to southerly 10 knots morning, turning northerly 10 knots evening. Morning showers then fine. Friday: Northerly rising to 25 knots. Cloudy periods. Saturday: Northerly 20 knots, dying out evening. Showers.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Saturday: Northwest 1 metre, dying out today. Northwest half a metre developing again Friday,rising to 1 metre for a time Saturday. Southwest about one metre developing late today, dying out Thursday.

Wellington

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

Situation
A complex trough affects New Zealand today, followed by disturbed southwesterlies. A ridge moves over central New Zealand early Thursday,remaining through Friday. A front, preceded by northwesterlies moves over the area on Saturday.

Warning
GALE warning for COOK

Forecast
Gale warning. Wednesday: Southerly 10 knots rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots early morning, easing to southwest 20 knots late morning. Rising to southerly 30 knots gusting 40 knots but 35 knots gusting 45 knots about south coast late afternoon. Sea becoming very rough in the south late afternoon. Poor visibility in a few showers, clearing for a time this morning and afternoon.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Easing to southerly 10 knots morning, turning northerly 10 knots evening. Morning showers,then fine. Friday: Northerly rising to 25 knots. Cloudy periods. Saturday: Northerly 20 knots dying out evening. Showers.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Saturday: For Wellington South Coast and Palliser Bay: Southerly half a metre, rising to 3. 5 metres late today, then easing to 2 metres Thursday and to 1 metre Friday. For Castlepoint: Southerly half a metre, rising to 3.5 metres late today,then easing to 2 metres Thursday and to 1 metre Saturday. Northeast 1.5 metres dying out today.