Gales are possible around the Southland coastline and Otago coastline – southwards of about Otago Peninsula.
Winds from the west or southwest will be strong first thing, with a risk of gales – then easing by midday.
In the North Island, particularly around Taranaki (more so in the south and west of the region), winds from the southwest will be strong and gusty.
Gales don’t look likely, but in any case the winds ease by late afternoon and into the evening.
Auckland sees fairly breezy to brisk southwest winds during the day too – but no real risk of gales.
– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell, WeatherWatch.co.nz
– Photo: Chris Johnson