SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES ARE IN FORCE FOR MANY AREAS.
Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and the central high country: A few showers, frequent and heavier tomorrow with possible thunderstorms.
Gisborne to Wairarapa: Rain clearing tonight. Scattered showers in Wairarapa tomorrow afternoon.
Whanganui to Wellington: Showers, becoming frequent south of Palmerston North tomorrow.
Nelson, Buller and Westland: Periods of rain, heavy at times with possible thunderstorms tomorrow morning. Severe gale easterlies easing this afternoon.
Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago : Rain, with snow above 500 metres this evening south of Marlborough, easing in Marlborough and Canterbury tonight.
Southland and Fiordland: Rain at times.
Chatham Islands : Cloudy. Rain tomorrow.
Thursday: North Island, rain or showers in most places, clearing in the south later. South Island, rain or showers clearing from most places, but still a few showers in the north.
Friday: North Island, rain spreading to most places. South Island, rain or showers spreading to most places, snow lowering to 400 metres in Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Fiordland.
Saturday: North Island, rain easing to showers, then clearing in Bay of Plenty. South Island, rain or showers, snow to 400 metres from Canterbury southwards.
Chatham Islands: Rain at times on Thursday and Friday, northerlies turning southwest for a time late Thursday and Friday morning. Rain becoming heavier and more persistent on Saturday, and northerlies turning southerly then strengthening.