BECOMING WINDY IN MANY DISTRICTS WITH A COLD OUTBREAK ON FRIDAY.
Northland to Kapiti Coast, also Bay of Plenty and the central high country: Showers developing this afternoon, thundery from Taranaki southwards from tomorrow afternoon. Westerlies, gale in exposed places tomorrow.
Gisborne to Wairarapa, also Wellington and Marlborough: Mainly fine, but a few showers tonight and tomorrow. Northwesterlies rising to severe gale south of Hastings tonight.
Nelson: Occasional showers.
Buller, Westland and Fiordland: Periods of rain, thundery at times. Snow to 500 metres in Fiordland tonight, lowering to 200 metres tomorrow night.
Canterbury: High cloud today. A few showers tomorrow. Gusty northwesterlies this evening, severe gales inland.
Otago and Southland: Showers becoming frequent tonight as cold southwesterlies develop, gale about the coast. Snow to 200 metres tomorrow night.
Chatham Islands: Cloudy, with rain at times.
Saturday: North Island, showers and cool southwesterlies for most,and snow about higher roads. South Island, showers with cold southwesterlies, mainly in the south and northwest, with snow to low levels in the south. Mostly fine elsewhere.
Sunday: North Island, fine spells with strong westerlies in exposed places. Showers for central areas. Northwesterlies rising to gale in the south. South Island, heavy rain in the west, with scattered falls in the south. Mainly fine elsewhere. Northwesterlies rising to gale in the north and east.
Monday: North Island, a period of rain spreading northeast, followed by showers. Strong or gale westerlies for most. South Island, showers, with snow about the hills in the south, strong cold southwesterlies developing. Chatham Islands: Showers on Saturday with southwesterlies. Fine on Sunday with northwesterlies strengthening. Showers return on Monday with fresh southwesterlies.