Page last updated: 1:42PM Wednesday April 16, 2014
Rain sets in this afternoon as southerly strengthens.
Rain, more persistent evening. S lies tending easterly.
Rain, possibly heavy. Fresh easterlies.
Rain or drizzle clearing. Fresh NE turn gusty NW.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Southerly 25 knots, rising to southeast 35 knots north of Kaikoura this evening, and everywhere Thursday morning. Sea becoming very rough. Southwest swell rising to 2 metres. Southeast swell 3 metres developing. Poor visibility in rain, heavy at times, developing Thursday morning.
Outlook following 3 days: Easterly 35 knots with very rough sea becoming Saturday northwest 25 knots. Moderate easterly swell easing Sunday.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Southerly 20 knots but 30 knots offshore, easing to southeast 20 knots everywhere this evening, then rising to easterly 35 knots Thursday evening. Sea becoming very rough. Southwest swell rising to 2 metres. Southeast swell 3 metres developing. Poor visibility in periods of drizzle and rain, heavy from Thursday evening.
Outlook following 3 days: Easterly 35 knots with very rough sea becoming Saturday northeast 25 knots and Sunday southwest 10 knots. Moderate easterly swell easing Sunday.
|DATE||TIME (24hr)||HEIGHT (m)|
|H||16 Apr||05:23||2.3 m|
|L||16 Apr||11:41||0.5 m|
|H||16 Apr||17:43||2.2 m|
|L||16 Apr||23:58||0.5 m|
Inshore waters from Lyttelton Harbour to the Waimakariri River mouth.
A low west of the South Island is weakening and moving away from New Zealand. A deepening low is expected to be approaching the North Island from the north Tasman Sea tonight, then moving southwest during Thursday bringing a strong easterly flow over the area. The low weakens on Friday before crossing the far south on Saturday. A broad trough is expected to move onto the country on Sunday.
GALE warning for CONWAY
Wednesday: Southwest 15 knots, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this afternoon, then easing to southeast 20 knots this evening. Sea becoming rough this afternoon, easing this evening. Poor visibility in periods of rain.
Thursday: Southeast rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the morning and to easterly 35 knots gusting 45 knots in the evening. Sea becoming very rough in the evening. Poor visibility in a few showers turning to rain at night.
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northeast 30 knots. Rain with some heavy falls. Saturday: Easing to northeast 20 knots. Rain clearing. Sunday: Northeast easing to 10 knots then changing northwest 15 knots. Fine.
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northeast 1.5 metres easing to 1 metre today then rising to easterly 2 metres early Thursday and 3 metres late Thursday, then easing to 2 metres Saturday and 1.5 metres Sunday.