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Tuesday

Fine for most. However showers about Gisborne, and Fiordland and Southland.

Wednesday

North Island, rain about Gisborne, and isolated showers about Hawkes Bay. Fine elsewhere. South Island, mainly fine, but showers south of Otago and rain for Fiordland.

Thursday

North Island, rain in the east easing. Elsewhere, partly cloudy, with a few showers in central regions. South Island, partly cloudy with isolated showers, more widespread in Fiordland. However, remaining dry about Canterbury and Christchurch.

Friday

North Island, becoming fine in the east. Elsewhere, partly cloudy, with a few showers in central regions. South Island, rain spreading north to Buller in the west and to Otago in the east. Mainly fine elsewhere, but a few late showers in Canterbury and Christchurch.

Chatham Islands

A few showers with southwesterlies, becoming fine and winds dying out on Tuesday. Periods of rain and northerlies developing on Wednesday.

For all of the North Island

Showers or rain for most, but scattered showers in Hawkes Bay and Gisborne from afternoon. Heavy falls likely, with thunderstorms, hail and localised downpours. Showers or rain clearing from the west during this evening and tomorrow morning, but isolated showers developing inland tomorrow afternoon.

Buller, Nelson and Marlborough

Rain with heavy falls and thunderstorms, easing to a few showers for Buller late afternoon but clearing elsewhere.

Westland, Fiordland, Otago and Southland

Showers, some heavy with isolated thunderstorms and hail today, gradually clearing Central Otago this evening and elsewhere tomorrow.

Canterbury

Scattered showers, mainly inland, possibly heavy with isolated thunderstorms and hail south of Christchurch during the afternoon and evening, then clearing tonight. Isolated showers developing inland tomorrow afternoon or evening.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy. Rain tomorrow morning, then becoming fine.

Stephens

*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northwest 35 knots, easing to westerly 20 knots this evening.Becoming southeast 15 knots but southwest 25 knots west of Cape Farewell to Hawera Monday evening. Very rough sea easing. In the west,southwest swell rising to 3 metres, and northwest swell 2 metres easing. In the east, westerly swell 2 metres.Poor visibility in rain and isolated thunderstorms, clearing late evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Turning Tuesday morning southeast 15 knots everywhere. Becoming Tuesday afternoon southwest 20 knots in the west but variable 10 knots in the east. Developing Thursday southeast 20 knots everywhere.Moderate southwest swell in the west, easing Wednesday.

Kapiti

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

Situation
A disturbed northwest flow affects the country. An active, slow moving front lies over the lower North Island, moving to the northeast today and early Monday as a ridge builds over New Zealand from the west. The ridge retreats to central New Zealand on Wednesday as a weak front moves over the lower South Island and a complex low develops to the east of the North Island.

Warning
GALE warnings for COOK and STEPHENS

Forecast
Strong wind advisory. Sunday: Northeast 20 knots gusting 30 knots, rising to northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon, easing to 15 knots north of Kapiti island this evening. Sea becoming rough this afternoon, easing in the north this evening. Poor visibility in periods of rain, with thunderstorms and possible hail, clearing this evening. Monday: Northwest 15 knots easing to westerly 10 knots in the morning. Changing southerly 10 knots late afternoon. Sea slight. Morning cloud with chance shower, then fine.

Outlook
Outlook until midnight Thursday: Tuesday: Variable 5 knots, becoming southwest 15 knots for a time late morning until evening.Fine. Wednesday: Variable 5 knots, becoming northwest 10 knots for a time late morning until evening. Fine. Thursday: Variable 5 knots, becoming southwest 15 knots for a time late morning until evening. Mainly fine.

Swell
Swell forecast to midnight Thursday: Northwest 1.5 metres, rising to 2 metre for a time today, then easing to 1 metre Monday and dying out Wednesday.