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HEAVY RAIN FOR THE WEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND TARARUA RANGE OVERNIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING


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Friday

Showers in the west and south, may turn to rain for a time, fine in the east. Snow possible down to 200 metres at first in the far south.

Saturday

North Island, a period of rain for most places with possible heavy falls in the west. South Island, rain with some heavy and possibly thundery falls in the west. Showers elsewhere, with snow to low levels in the far south.

Sunday

Showers in the west and south, mostly fine in the east. Snow to low levels in the far south.

Chatham Islands

Periods of rain, and westerlies rising to gale for a time on Friday. Showers, mainly morning and evening on Saturday as southwest winds turn strong northwest. On Sunday, rain at times with gale southwesterlies.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

A few showers turning to rain for a time during the afternoon, briefly heavy.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

High cloud, with a few showers spreading from the ranges.

Waikato to Wellington, including the central high country, also Wairarapa

Periods of rain, heavy at times with possible squally thunderstorms. Severe northwest gales in Wellington this morning.

Western Nelson, Buller, Westland, Fiordland and Stewart Island

Periods of rain, heavy at times, with squally thunderstorms and hail. Snow lowering to 400 metres in Fiordland Thursday night.

Remainder of Nelson and Marlborough

Occasional showers.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

High cloud, with rain in the west and a few spots spreading further east. Snow lowering to 400 metres in Southland and Otago overnight Thursday into Friday.

Chatham Islands

Occasional rain.

Cook

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest rising to 45 knots this morning,easing to 35 knots this afternoon. Sea becoming high for a time.Northerly swell 2 metres developing for a time. Southerly swell 1 metre. Poor visibility in rain developing this morning, clearing this afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Northwest 35 knots easing Friday morning 20 knots, rising Friday night 30 knots and early Saturday 45 knots with high sea, easing late Saturday 20 knots.

Mana

Inshore waters from Pukerua Bay to Makara Beach.

Situation
A series of weak troughs embedded within an unsettled westerly flow affect the country throughout the forecast period.

Warning
GALE warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Forecast
Gale warning. Thursday: Northwest 30 knots gusting 40 knots rising to 35 knots gusting 45 knots for a time this morning, easing to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon. Rising to westerly 35 knots gusting 45 knots this evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time this morning and again this evening. Poor visibility in rain developing in the morning, clearing in the afternoon.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northwest 25 knots. Chance shower. Saturday: Northwest rising to 35 knots early, easing to 20 knots later. A few showers, clearing late. Sunday: Northwest easing to 15 knots. Mainly fine.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northwest 1 metre rising to 2.5 metres today, easing to 1.5 metres Friday,rising to 2 metres Saturday, then easing to 1 metre Sunday.

Wellington

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

Situation
A series of weak troughs embedded within an unsettled westerly flow affect the country throughout the forecast period.

Warning
GALE warning for COOK

Forecast
Gale warning. Thursday: Northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots rising to 35 knots gusting 45 knots for a time this morning. Northwest rising to 30 knots gusting 40 knots late this evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time this morning. Poor visibility in rain developing this morning, easing this afternoon.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northwest 25 knots. Mainly fine. Saturday: Northwest rising to 35 knots early, easing to 20 knots later. A few showers, clearing late. Sunday: Northwest easing to 15 knots. Mainly fine.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: For Wellington South Coast and Palliser Bay: Southerly 1 metre or less, rising to 2 metres Friday, easing to 1 metre Saturday, then rising to 2 metres Sunday. For Castlepoint: Southerly 1 metre, rising to 2 metres Friday, easing to 1 metre Saturday, then rising to 2.5 metres Sunday.