InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Monday


A low slowly churns over New Zealand during the day on Monday bringing some unsettled weather, the best spots to be will be the east coast of the North Island and Fiordland.

Showers for most of the upper North Island, some may be heavy at times mainly in the west and especially down towards Taranaki. Overnight a trough moves in which may bring heavy falls, hail and a chance of thunderstorms to some western coastal fringes. The east coast of the North Island has a sunnier day, a few spots of rain move over later in the afternoon / evening.

Snow flurries about the Central Plateau down to 1000m, lowering to 800 or possibly 700m overnight.

Fairly cloudy for North Westland and Nelson with a few showers about, Marlborough a little drier with showers pushing in during the evening.

Canterbury sees rain with heavy falls at times, while the graphic below shows a larger portion of Canterbury shaded this rain band will likely gradually narrow during the day. Where this narrowed piece of rain will focus on is hard to pin point but guidance suggests North Canterbury may have the heaviest rain for the longest time. Above a certain level expect heavy snow then clearing away overnight.

South Westland and Fiordland see sunny areas and some cloud with southeasterlies. Southland and Central Otago is a bit cloudier (any early showers clear), sun may break through at times from afternoon. Coastal Otago is fairly cloudy with patchy light showers, snow flurries could fall to 300m.

Blue - Heavy form of precipitation or cold temperatures, typically below 1 to 2 degrees celsius.
White - Snow
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