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, becoming frequent and heavier this afternoon with possible thunderstorms.
Gisborne to Wairarapa: Mainly fine. Scattered showers in Wairarapa this afternoon.
Whanganui to Wellington: A few showers, becoming frequent south of Palmerston North this afternoon.
Nelson, Buller and Westland: Periods of rain, heavy at times with possible thunderstorms this morning.
Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago : Scattered showers in Otago, spreading elsewhere this evening and snow may lower to 700 metres in Central Otago.
Southland and Fiordland: Scattered rain, becoming widespread this afternoon.
Chatham Islands : Cloudy with a period of morning rain.
Thursday: North Island, rain or showers in most places, clearing in the south later. South Island, rain or showers clearing from most places, but rain returning to far south at night.
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.