20 Feb 2018
Marine Weather Situation and Forecast issued at 1706hrs Monday 19-Feb-2018 by MetService GALE warning for Bay Of Plenty
A rainband moves onto central New Zealand today while a weak front moves up the South Island. Cyclone Gita is expected to track east across the top of the South Island late Tuesday, and away to the east during Wednesday. Another low forms west of the South Island on Wednesday, then weakens as it moves over the North Island on Thursday, followed by a ridge of high pressure. Forecast issued at 1706hrs Monday 19-Feb-2018 Valid to midnight Tuesday for Inshore waters from Matakana Island to Mayor Island to Motiti Island and then east to Torere River mouth. Strong wind advisory.
Northerly 10 knots, rising to 15 knots this evening. Sea slight. Cloudy periods, with a few light showers.
Northerly 15 knots rising to 20 knots in the morning, and to 30 knots gusting 40 knots for a time in the afternoon and evening. Turning northwest 20 knots in the evening. Sea becoming rough for a time in the afternoon and evening. Often cloudy. Poor visibility in in evening rain.
Outlook until midnight Friday:

Northwest 20 knots, easing to 15 knots in the morning. Cloudy periods and isolated showers, clearing to fine.
Westerly 15 knots, changing southerly 10 knots late. A few showers.
Easing to variable 5 knots early, but northeast 10 knots during the afternoon. Fine spells and a few showers.
Swell forecast to midnight Friday:
Northerly 1 metre, rising to 2.5 metres Tuesday evening, easing to 1 metre late Wednesday and to half a metre Thursday.
High tide at Tauranga:
Monday 2259 1.8 metres. Tuesday 1124 1.9 metres.
High tide at Whakatane:
Monday 2236 1.9 metres. Tuesday 1059 2.0 metres. For local waters outside this area please ring the Bay Of Plenty forecast on 0900-99962