Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and WairarapaCloudy periods and isolated showers, clearing south of Wairoa this morning and elsewhere during the afternoon.
For the remainder of the North Island, also Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago and inland SouthlandFine, apart from a few areas of morning cloud.
Buller, Westland, Fiordland and coastal SouthlandFine and cloudy areas.
Chatham IslandsCloudy periods.
New Zealand Long Range Forecast
ThursdayNorth Island, cloud increasing in the west with isolated showers developing. Morning drizzle for Bay of Plenty. Fine elsewhere. South Island, rain in the west, heavy in Fiordland and southern Westland later. High cloud thickening elsewhere, late rain for Southland.
FridayNorth Island, showers becoming widespread in the west, just brief showers for Wellington and Wairarapa. Remaining dry elsewhere. South Island, rain in the west, heavy at first, clearing Westland later. Mainly fine elsewhere, early rain in the south.
SaturdayNorth Island, few showers clearing and becoming fine. South Island, showers in Buller and Fiordland clearing early, few showers in the south and about coastal parts of Otago and Canterbury clearing later. Mainly fine elsewhere.
Chatham IslandsCloudy periods on Thursday, with a few showers possible. Winds turning northwest. Northwesterlies strengthening on Friday and a few showers. Rain at times on Saturday with a change to southwesterlies.
A lightning bolt struck a North Shore house, during the early hours of the morning, terrifying the sleeping occupants. The chimney exploded,sending bricks up to 18 metres away, damaging the house next door.