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Thursday

North Island, becoming cloudy in the west from Waikato to Wellington with a few drizzle patches developing, turning to rain at night. Mostly sunny elsewhere. South Island, rain spreading up western areas with heavy falls developing, but only brief light rain spreading further east.

Friday

North Island, rain with brief falls spreading east, easing to a few showers. South Island, showers in the west clearing. A period of showers with southerlies spreading up eastern areas.

Saturday

North Island, showers and southerlies spreading up eastern areas and showers elsewhere clearing. South Island, mainly fine,but showers about Marlborough at first.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods on Thursday with southeasterlies dying away. Rain developing on Friday with northerlies freshening. Showers on Saturday with a southwest change.

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

Showers, some heavy and squally today, with westerly gales this evening. Showers easing tomorrow, then becoming confined to the west coast.

Taranaki to Manawatu, including Taihape

Rain, with heavy and possibly thundery falls. Rain easing to showers late tomorrow morning, then retreating to higher ground.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Scattered showers.

Wairarapa, Kapiti and Wellington, also Buller, Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Areas of rain, gradually clearing from the south tomorrow.

Westland and Fiordland

Occasional rain, clearing overnight. Mainly fine tomorrow, but rain developing tomorrow night in the south.

Otago and Southland

Mainly fine, with a shower or two about the coast tonight.

Chatham Islands

Mostly cloudy. Light rain for a time tomorrow.

Cook

Southerly 15 knots, rising to 30 knots Wednesday morning, then easing to 20 knots Wednesday afternoon. Turning northerly 10 knots Wednesday evening. Sea becoming rough for a time. Southerly swell rising to 2 metres for a time. Fair visibility in rain at times, easing Wednesday morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Northerly rising Thursday morning 20 knots and Thursday afternoon 35 knots with very rough sea, then easing early Friday northwest 20 knots. Changing overnight Friday southerly 20 knots, easing Saturday variable 10 knots. Southerly swell becoming moderate for a time Saturday.

Mana

Inshore waters from Pukerua Bay to Makara Beach.

Situation
A complex low and series of fronts move east across the country today, followed by a weak ridge on Wednesday. A second series of fronts pass up the South Island during Thursday and Friday and weaken as they cross the North Island on Saturday, followed by another weak ridge.

Warning
NIL warning for COOK GALE warning for STEPHENS

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Tuesday: Southerly 10 knots, rising to southwest 15 knots this evening. Sea slight. Fair visibility in patchy rain,clearing this evening. Wednesday: Southwest 15 knots, rising to 30 knots gusting 40 knots in the morning, then easing to 15 knots in the afternoon, and to variable 5 knots in the evening. Sea becoming rough in the morning, easing in the afternoon. Fair visibility in morning showers, then becoming fine.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Northwest 15 knots developing morning, rising to 25 knots afternoon. Increasing cloud, evening rain. Friday: Easing to northwest 15 knots morning, dying out late. Morning rain, then fine. Saturday: Changing southerly 15 knots early, dying out later. Showers, clearing to fine.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Saturday: Northwest half a metre, rising to 1.5 metres for a time this evening and early Wednesday and again for a time Friday and early Saturday.

Wellington

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

Situation
A complex low and series of fronts move east across the country today, followed by a weak ridge on Wednesday. A second series of fronts pass up the South Island during Thursday and Friday and weaken as they cross the North Island on Saturday, followed by another weak ridge.

Warning
NIL warning for COOK

Forecast
Strong Wind Advisory. Tuesday: Southerly 10 knots, rising to southwest 20 knots this evening. Sea becoming moderate late evening. Cloudy,fair visibility in rain at times. Wednesday: Southwest rising to 30 knots gusting 40 knots early morning, easing to southerly 15 knots in the afternoon, then to variable 5 knots in the evening. Sea becoming rough early morning, easing in the afternoon. Fair visibility in morning showers,then fine.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Northwest 15 knots developing morning, rising to 25 knots afternoon. Increasing cloud, evening rain. Friday: Easing to northwest 15 knots morning, dying out late. Early morning rain, then fine. Saturday: Changing southerly 20 knots early, dying out later. Showers gradually clearing.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Saturday: For Wellington South Coast and Palliser Bay: Southerly half a metre, rising to 1. 5 metres for a time Wednesday and again on Saturday. For Castlepoint: Easterly 1.5 metres, easing to 1 metre Wednesday and to half a metre Friday. Southerly 1.5 metres developing Wednesday, easing to half a metre Thursday then rising to southeast 1 metre Saturday.