weather warning

An active and complex low pressure system is forecast to move east across New Zealand this weekend, bringing periods of heavy rain and gales to many places

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island: Showers in the west and Tararua District, snow lowering to 1000 metres. Fine in the east and Wellington. South Island: Showers in the west and south, spreading elsewhere for a time. Snow to 500 metres about Buller, but to sea level in the far south.


North Island: Showers, especially in the west, easing later and clearing north of Taupo. Snow lowering to 700 metres about the Central Plateau. South Island: Showers, falling as snow in the south and to 500 metres in Buller, but only scattered showers in the east.


North Island: Fine or becoming fine for most, isolated showers for Northland and Auckland. South Island: A few showers in the south, falling as snow at first. Fine or becoming fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

A change to showers and strong west to southwesterlies on Monday.

Significant Weather Statement

Significant weather will be affecting the country during the next few days and watches and warnings are in force for many areas.

For all of the North Island, except Gisborne and Hawke's Bay

Scattered showers developing this evening. Early rain with heavy falls tomorrow, followed by showers, mainly in the west. Northwest gales.

Gisborne and Hawke's Bay

Mainly fine. Scattered rain for a time late tomorrow morning and during the afternoon. Northwest gales.

Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and Westland

A few showers. Heavy rain developing tonight, clearing early tomorrow, followed by showers, some will be heavy in the west. Possible thunderstorms from tonight. Northwest gales for a time.

Canterbury Plains

Mainly fine. A few spots of rain tomorrow.

Fiordland, Southland and Clutha

Rain, with heavy falls and possible thunderstorms in Fiordland, developing this evening. Tomorrow, frequent showers, some heavy with possible thunderstorms and snow lowering to 100 metres late.

For the remainder of Canterbury and Otago

Rain developing this evening, with heavy falls about the divide, turning to showers early tomorrow, some will be heavy with snow lowering to 300 or 400 metres late tomorrow. Northwest gales.

Chatham Islands

Mainly fine today. Rain developing later tomorrow, briefly heavy with possible thunderstorms.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Saturday : Variable 10 knots. Northerly 15 knots developing this afternoon, rising to 25 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough. Fair visibility in rain this evening. Sunday : Northerly 25 knots rising to 40 knots in the morning, easing to northwest 20 knots in the afternoon. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Northwest swell rising to 2 metres. Poor visibility in periods of rain, clearing in the afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Monday: Westerly 20 knots, rising to 30 knots in the evening. Sea becoming rough. Moderate northwest swell easing. Tuesday: Westerly rising to 35 knots in the morning, turning southwest 25 knots late. Sea becoming very rough for a time. Wednesday: Southwest 20 knots easing to variable 10 knots late.