InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Friday


A weak area of low pressure including a couple of frontal zones sits over the North Island on Friday while a northeasterly airflow lies over the South Island.

For the upper North Island expect areas of rain with a chance of heavy falls and thunderstorms to ease mid to late afternoon to showers, winds mostly from the northeast although tending southwest for some western areas as the day goes on.

Winds from the east or southeast about the lower North Island with rain, heavy at times especially in the east then easing later in the evening or overnight.

Cloudy for Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury. Patchy showers or drizzle from afternoon (mainly drizzle for Canterbury). Marlborough sees rain later in the day and overnight. Winds from the east. About Central New Zealand southeasterly winds becoming strong for a time in the evening then easing overnight.

The West Coast of the South Island is mainly dry and sunny, warm too for some spots like inland Buller reaching into the mid 20's. Just some high cloud about North Westland. Southland and Otago are mainly sunny, some cloud about coastal Otago however. Inland areas may reach into the mid 20's although it could sit just below in the 22 to 23 degree range.

Blue - Heavy form of precipitation.
Purple - Strong winds.
Yellow - Temperatures around the mid 20 degree mark or over.

Not all regions and towns have been mentioned above. For specific 10 day information for your city, town, rural community or island please see the 1500 forecasts on our homepage!

- Aaron Wilkinson, WeatherWatch.co.nz