Page last updated: 5:22PM Wednesday April 16, 2014
Cloudy, rain tonight with northeast strengthening.
Heavy rain with easterly gales, easing afternoon.
Showers with northeasterlies.
Showers. Northerlies turn westerly.
*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northeast 25 knots, rising to 35 knots this evening and to 45 knots Thursday early morning, then easing to northerly 20 knots Thursday afternoon. Sea becoming high for a time. Northeast swell rising to 4 metres for a time. Poor visibility in rain spreading south this evening, heavy and possibly thundery Thursday morning.
Outlook following 3 days: Northerly 15 knots becoming Saturday westerly 10 knots tending Sunday northwest 20 knots. Moderate northeast swell easing Saturday.
Inshore waters from Great Mercury Island to Mayor Island to Matakana Island.
A deepening low is expected to be approaching the North Island from the north Tasman Sea tonight bringing a gale force northeast flow over the region. The low should begin moving southwest during Thursday and weaken on Friday, directing a northwest flow over the area.
GALE warning for PLENTY
Wednesday: Northeast 20 knots, rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots this evening and to 35 knots gusting 45 knots overnight. Sea becoming very rough overnight. Poor visibility in a few showers, turning to rain this evening.
Thursday: Northeast rising to 45 knots in the morning. Becoming northerly 20 knots early evening and 15 knots at night. High sea easing early evening. Rain, with heavy possibly thundery falls,easing to scattered showers in the evening.
Outlook until midnight Sunday: Friday: Northeast easing to 10 knots. Showers. Saturday: Tending northwest 10 knots. Showers clearing. Sunday: Northwest 15 knots. Showers developing.
Swell forecast to midnight Sunday: Northeast 1 metre, rising to 3.5 metres Thursday then easing to easterly 2 metres Friday and 1.5 metres Saturday.