InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday


A westerly airflow tends northerly later in the day for the North Island on Thursday while northerlies strengthen later in the day for the South Island. A front moves onto the lower South Island later in the evening / overnight.

The odd shower for the upper North Island, more so in the morning. Drier areas from afternoon with some sun breaking through, perhaps more later in the day. Westerly winds.

Mostly cloudy for the lower western North Island with the odd shower, dry areas becoming a little more frequent from afternoon with some sun possible. Breezy west to northwesterly winds. Mainly sunny weather along the east coast with west to northwesterly winds.

Morning sun for Wellington, cloud increases from afternoon bringing the chance of a shower or two otherwise mainly dry. Breezy northwesterly winds becoming strong overnight with a risk of gales through Cook Strait.

Mostly sunny about Marlborough with some high cloud gradually increasing, northwesterlies pick up in the afternoon. Nelson sees some morning sun then cloud increases from afternoon. Mostly sunny for Canterbury with high cloud gradually increasing, north to northeasterly winds increase from afternoon becoming strong to gale overnight for some inland areas. Chance spot of rain in the evening otherwise mainly dry.

Mostly cloudy along the West Coast with the odd shower, rain moves into South Westland during the afternoon becoming heavy later in the evening / overnight. North to northeasterly winds increase becoming gusty overnight. Areas of sun and thickening high cloud for the lower South Island, a few spots of rain possible from midday otherwise mainly dry. Rain more likely overnight for Southland. Light winds mostly although northerlies may pick up overnight for northern parts of Otago.

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