InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday / Friday


An anticyclone quickly pushes onto New Zealand today moving in from the west. A ridge lies over the North Island on Friday extending out from an anticyclone east of the North Island, meanwhile a light northwesterly airflow gradually develops further south.

A mix of sun and cloud for the upper North Island today, a few showers affect the east coast and western areas south of Taranaki for a time associated with a weak front moving over the area. The South Island has a mainly sunny day for most, any cloud in the east and south quickly breaks away. North Westland has a few morning showers clear then sunny areas increase. Marlborough and Nelson sees cloudy areas hang about for much of the day.

A chance of morning fog for inner parts of the North Island on Friday morning then breaking to some sun, cloud quickly increases for many however with the odd shower moving in. Western Bay Of Plenty sees patchy rain or drizzle all day. Sunny for eastern parts of the country, just a few areas of high cloud about Southland and Otago. A bit cloudier on the West Coast of the South Island, especially for South Westland where drizzle or showers are likely all day.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz