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Thursday

North Island, morning cloud in the west with some rain from Waikato to Kapiti. Isolated afternoon showers about interior ranges. Fine in the north. South Island, areas of morning cloud, with scattered rain Canterbury to Kaikoura, then becoming fine. Rain spreading up along the west coast south of the Glaciers later.

Friday

North Island, fine, some morning cloud in the west. South Island, morning rain for the west coast and showers about and south of Otago, all easing. Fine elsewhere.

Saturday

North Island, fine, some morning cloud in the west. South Island, rain again for the west coast, scattered falls spreading to Otago and Southland late in the day. Fine elsewhere.

Chatham Islands

Rain and strong northwesterlies Thursday morning, clearing with a westerly change. Fine spells and strong westerlies Friday and Saturday, though with isolated showers possible, particularly late Saturday.

Northland, also Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Mainly fine. Isolated afternoon and evening showers, thunderstorms and localised downpours possible.

Auckland to Kapiti, including Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country

Often cloudy. A few showers, some heavy inland in the afternoon and evening.

Wairarapa and Wellington

Morning low cloud clearing, then mainly fine with a few showers about the ranges.

Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and Central Otago

Cloudy periods and isolated showers.

Buller, Westland and Fiordland

Rain, possibly heavy and thundery this morning, easing to isolated showers in Fiordland in the evening.

Southland, Clutha, Dunedin and North Otago

Mainly fine at first with increasing high cloud. Rain spreading north in the afternoon, then easing to isolated showers in the evening and retreating to Southland.

Chatham Islands

Low cloud and occasional drizzle.

Stephens

Northwest 20 knots, rising to 30 knots in the afternoon. Sea becoming rough. Southwest swell west of Cape Farewell to Hawera, rising to 2 metres. Westerly swell 1 metre at times in the east. Poor visibility in occasional drizzle this morning.

Outlook following 3 days: Easing Thursday morning westerly 20 knots, rising Thursday afternoon 30 knots with rough sea. Easing early Saturday 20 knots. Moderate southwest swell developing Thursday in the west.

Kapiti

Inshore waters from Waitarere to Pukerua Bay and out to Kapiti Island.

Situation
A front over the lower South Island, moves up the country today. The front becomes slow moving and weakens over the North Island on Thursday, while northwesterlies strengthen over the South Island ahead of another front, which affects the far south late Thursday and early Friday. Northwesterlies dominate on Saturday.

Warning
NIL warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Northeast 15 knots but 10 knots north of Otaki, becoming northwest 15 knots everywhere this morning, rising to northwest 20 knots but 25 knots gusting 35 knots south of Kapiti Island from afternoon. Sea becoming rough in the south. Cloudy, fair visibility in morning drizzle then showers.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Saturday: Thursday: Easing to northwest 15 knots in the morning, rising to 20 knots in the afternoon.Few morning showers then becoming fine. Friday: Northwest rising to 25 knots in the morning, easing to 15 knots in the evening. Cloudy periods. Saturday: Turning northerly 15 knots late morning. Cloudy periods.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Saturday: Northwest about 1 metre, easing to half a metre or less early Friday, then rising to 1.5 metres late Friday.