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Friday

North Island, morning cloud and rain in the west, clearing. Fine elsewhere. South Island, cloud increasing in the west with rain spreading north to Haast. Scattered rain developing in the evening south of Central Otago, including Southern Lakes. Mainly fine elsewhere.

Saturday

North Island, cloudy periods in the west. Fine elsewhere. South Island, rain spreading north, scattered in the east, though fine towards Buller, Nelson and Marlborough.

Sunday

North Island, cloudy periods in the west, fine elsewhere. South Island, occasional rain in the west, mainly about Westland. Mainly fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Occasional showers with southwesterlies. Showers clearing and becoming fine with light winds on Saturday. Northwesterlies developing Sunday.

Northland to Waitomo, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Taupo

Cloudy periods. Possible drizzle about the west coast.

Gisborne to Wairarapa

Mainly fine.

Taranaki to Wellington, including Taumarunui and Taihape

Partly cloudy with scattered showers developing, mainly about the ranges.

Buller

Cloudy periods, with scattered rain late morning and afternoon.

Nelson and Marlborough

Mainly fine, but isolated showers in Marlborough this afternoon.

Canterbury

Cloudy at times, with areas of morning fog. Scattered showers developing about the foothills from around midday.

Westland and Fiordland

Scattered rain, clearing from the south this morning and afternoon, but isolated showers remain in Westland.

Southland and Otago

Scattered showers, clearing this morning and becoming mainly fine. Isolated showers in the afternoon in North Otago.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy with drizzle at times.

Cook

Northerly 30 knots, easing to 20 knots this afternoon and variable 10 knots late evening. Rough sea,easing.

Outlook following 3 days: Northerly rising Friday afternoon 25 knots, easing Saturday evening 15 knots, rising later Sunday 25 knots. Sea rough at times.

Mana

Inshore waters from Pukerua Bay to Makara Beach.

Situation
A ridge of high pressure affects the North Island for most of the forecast period. Today, a front weakens as it moves up the South Island, crossing the North Island Friday as a weak feature. Another front moves onto the lower South Island late Friday,then weakens and becomes slow moving over the lower half of the South Island Saturday and Sunday.

Warning
NIL warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Forecast
Thursday: Northerly 20 knots, easing to 15 knots late afternoon, and to variable 5 knots this evening.Moderate sea, easing late afternoon. Mostly cloudy.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northerly 10 knots, rising to 20 knots in the afternoon. Morning cloud and drizzle, then fine. Saturday: Northerly 20 knots, easing to 15 knots later. Cloudy periods. Sunday: Northerly rising to 20 knots later. Cloudy periods.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northwest about half a metre, dying out for a time Friday.

Wellington

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

Situation
A ridge of high pressure affects the North Island for most of the forecast period. Today, a front weakens as it moves up the South Island, crossing the North Island Friday as a weak feature. Another front moves onto the lower South Island late Friday,then weakens and becomes slow moving over the lower half of the South Island Saturday and Sunday.

Warning
NIL warning for COOK

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Thursday: Northerly 20 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots about the south coast, easing to 20 knots everywhere this afternoon, to 15 knots early evening and to variable 5 knots late evening. Rough sea in the south,easing afternoon.Mostly cloudy, low cloud late evening.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northerly 10 knots, rising to 20 knots in the afternoon. Morning cloud and drizzle, then fine. Saturday: Northerly 20 knots, easing to 15 knots later. Mainly fine. Some cloud morning and night. Sunday: Northerly rising to 20 knots later. Mainly fine. Some cloud morning and night.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: For the South Coast and Palliser Bay: South to southeast half a metre or less. For Castlepoint: Easterly 1.5 metres, easing to 1 metre tonight and to half a metre Friday night, tending southeast Sunday.