InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Sunday


A westerly airflow lies over New Zealand on Sunday, a front draped across the upper North Island brings areas of rain or showers. Another front moves onto the lower South Island from afternoon.

For the upper North Island skies are mostly cloudy, areas of rain or showers from Auckland down through to about Lake Taupo and across to the Bay Of Plenty. Northland is looking mainly dry although there may be a shower in the west and southern parts of the region.

The east coast of the North Island is mainly dry with some high cloud, warm afternoon temperatures in the low to mid 20's. Skies about the Wairarapa, Wellington and about the lower western North Island are mostly sunny.

Nelson and Marlborough have mainly sunny weather with west to northwesterly winds. Canterbury is mainly sunny also, perhaps a touch of high cloud at times, winds from the northwest inland and east to northeast along the coast.

Southland and Otago see early showers clear then in the afternoon a southwest change moves in bringing a band of rain. Showers for the West Coast of the South Island, rain moves into Fiordland during the afternoon with heavy falls then pushing northwards overnight, this band of rain / front will weaken as it moves northwards.

Blue - Heavy form of precipitation - or - low 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