Page last updated: 2:12PM Saturday March 07, 2015
Periods of rain, chance hail/thunder. NW strengthens.
Fine spells. Fresh westerlies dying out.
Fine spells, a few evening showers.Westerlies dying out.
A few showers clearing then fine. Light westerlies.
*STORM WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly 40 knots, rising to northwest 50 knots late this afternoon, then easing to westerly 35 knots late evening and to 25 knots Sunday morning. Becoming southwest 20 knots,but southeast 15 knots east of Cape Farewell to Hawera Sunday evening.Sea becoming high for a time. Southwest swell west of Cape Farewell to Hawera, rising to 6 metres for a time. Northwest swell rising to 4 metres for a time. Poor visibility in showers and squally thunderstorms, easing overnight.
Outlook following 3 days: Becoming Monday morning westerly 15 knots everywhere, turning early Wednesday southeast 15 knots. Moderate southwest swell in the west at times. Moderate northwest swell easing Monday.
Inshore waters from Waitarere to Pukerua Bay and out to Kapiti Island.
An active front associated with a low to the south moves quickly east over central New Zealand today, then a ridge builds to the north. On Tuesday and Wednesday a weak trough moves north over New Zealand.
STORM warnings for COOK and STEPHENS
Saturday: Northerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots, rising to 30 knots gusting 40 knots this afternoon, and to northwest 35 knots gusting 50 knots this evening. Northwest easing to 25 knots gusting 35 knots overnight. Gusts 60 knots possible in squalls this afternoon and evening, easing overnight. Sea becoming very rough for a time this evening. Poor visibility in showers and squally thunderstorms, easing overnight.
Sunday: Northwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots, easing to 20 knots in the morning. Changing southerly 15 knots late afternoon, then easing to 10 knots in the evening. Rough sea easing in the morning. Fair visibility in showers clearing early morning, then fine.
Outlook until midnight Wednesday: Monday: Easing to variable 5 knots early morning, then becoming northerly 15 knots early afternoon, and dying out at night. Fine, apart from a few evening showers. Tuesday: Northwest 10 knots developing. Fine spells. Wednesday: Southerly 10 knots developing early. Occasional showers turning to rain.
Swell forecast to midnight Wednesday: Northwest 1 metre rising to 3 metres this evening, then easing to 1.5 metres Sunday evening and half a metre or less Monday.