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An active front moves onto the country from the Tasman Sea on Tuesday, preceded by a strong and moist north to northeast flow, then followed by disturbed west to northwesterlies

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North Island, rain clearing and becoming fine. However, a few showers lingering in the west. South Island, mainly fine for most at first but rain in the north clearing. Rain spreading from the south later, mainly in the west.


North Island, showers or rain for most. South Island, rain in the west and north, and cloudy periods with a few spots further east at first. Snow to about 1000 metres in the west.


North Island, showers or rain for most. South Island, rain in the north, becoming fine in the west. Showers developing in the east with snow lowering to 800 metres.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods, showers developing on Wednesday, turning to rain Friday. Northerlies, becoming strong for a time late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Northland, Auckland, and Coromandel

Isolated showers turning to rain during the afternoon or evening, with some heavy and possibly thundery falls for Northland.

Waikato to Taranaki, also Bay of Plenty, Taupo, and Taumarunui

Mostly cloudy, with patchy drizzle turning to rain tonight.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, and Wairarapa

Fine, with areas of cloud about Gisborne clearing this morning.

Whanganui and Taihape to Wellington

Mainly fine with a few cloudy areas, but scattered rain developing tonight.

Nelson, Buller, Westland, and Fiordland

Showers at first. A period of rain spreading north this morning and afternoon, reaching Nelson this evening, with some heavy falls and northerly gales in exposed places.

Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago, and Southland

High cloud increasing. Scattered rain in Southland this morning and further north during the afternoon and evening. Northwest gales in exposed inland areas, easing from afternoon.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* West of Cape Farewell to Hawera: Northeast 20 knots, rising to 35 knots early this afternoon. Changing southwest 20 knots overnight tonight. Elsewhere: Northeast 20 knots, rising to 30 knots this afternoon. Sea becoming very rough in the west for a time. Southwest swell in the west, rising to 2 metres. Northerly swell in the west, 2 metres developing. Poor visibility in rain this evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Becoming everywhere Wednesday morning westerly 20 knots, rising Wednesday evening northwest 30 knots,easing Thursday northwest 20 knots. Rising early Friday northerly 30 knots, changing late Friday southwest 15 knots but southeast 20 knots in the east. Sea rough at times.Southwest swell in the west becoming heavy late Thursday. Moderate northwest swell at times.


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

A front moves onto the New Zealand from the Tasman Sea today, continuing across the country on Wednesday, followed by a complex area of low pressure and unsettled weather.

GALE warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Tuesday: Northeast 10 knots, rising to 15 knots early this morning, and to 20 knots gusting 30 knots by early afternoon. Sea becoming moderate by early afternoon.Cloud increasing, fair visibility in scattered rain developing this evening.

Outlook until midnight Friday: Wednesday: Northeast 15 knots becoming northwest 20 knots. Early rain, then few showers. Thursday: Northwest 20 knots, easing to 15 knots for a time. Showers. Friday: Changing southwest 15 knots. Early rain, then showers.

Swell forecast to midnight Friday: Northwest half a metre or less, rising to 1.5 metres overnight tonight, easing to 1 metre Wednesday, rising to 1.5 metres Friday.