Thursday: South to southwesterly 20/25 knots easing to 15/20 knots by late morning. Winds tending west to southwesterly in the afternoon and increasing to 20/25 knots from mid afternoon and reaching 25/30 knots south of Port MacDonnell late evening. Seas: Around 2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres late morning, then increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly 5/7 metres, decreasing to 3/5 metres during the afternoon. Friday: West to southwesterly 20/30 knots, easing to 20/25 knots mid morning and 15/20 knots early afternoon. Seas: 2/3 metres, decreasing to 1/2 metres early afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly 3.5/4.5 metres, decreasing to 3/3.5 metres late evening. Outlook Saturday: Westerly 15/20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the evening. Swell: Southwesterly 2.5/3 metres.Issued Thu 11:04 CDT
15:05 EDT Farmers across much of New Zealand are in great need of rain, but there are one or two great systems on the way.