A strong westerly quarter airflow lies over New Zealand today, gales are likely through Cook Strait and in the east especially inland, there may be severe gales for the eastern South Island later today and overnight.
Please refer to your local, hourly, 10 day forecast for more details.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Cloudy areas and occasional sun, the odd shower at times too with breezy westerlies. The Bay Of Plenty has longer sunny areas, perhaps a shower spreading from the west for a time in the afternoon.
Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Cloudy areas and a few showers, brisk to strong west to northwesterly winds. Winds may gust to gale force near the coast especially later in the day and overnight.
Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny, some high cloud possible mainly later in the day. West to northwesterly winds pick up from afternoon becoming gusty. Stronger northwesterlies for Wairarapa with gales likely there overnight.
A mix of mid and high level cloud, northwesterlies strengthen rising to gale force from late morning. Severe gales overnight.
Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny areas and some high cloud, northwesterlies strengthen in the afternoon with gales about the Sounds. Overnight expect widespread gales possibly severe for Marlborough.
Sunny areas and some high cloud, showers inland about the high country spreading from the west. Overnight rain pushes in, heavy inland. Northwesterlies becoming strong from afternoon, from later in the evening winds rise to gale, possibly severe gale.
Rain. Rain becomes heavier later in the evening and overnight as a front spreads northwards. Some thunder possible overnight. Strengthening west to northwesterly winds.
Southland & Otago
Showers or areas of rain, mainly south of about Otago Peninsula then clearing away this afternoon. This evening rain spreads in again from the south, possibly heavy. Strong to gale northwesterly winds, gales more likely from afternoon especially about North Otago.
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