InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday


A westerly airflow lies over the North Island on Wednesday while a south to southwesterly airflow lies over the South Island, a small low situated near central parts of the country slinks away to the east during the day.

Fairly cloudy over the upper North Island, chance of a light shower or two mainly morning otherwise fairly dry. A few sunny spells may break through from afternoon, west to southwesterly winds.

Mainly cloudy about the lower North Island in the west with occasional showers, winds breezy from the west. Mostly cloudy about the Wairarapa, sunnier further north with warm afternoon temperatures. Southerlies spread into Wellington late afternoon then further north along the east coast later on / overnight bringing cloud and a risk of drizzle.

A mix of sun and cloud for the west of the South Island, any early showers about Buller clear. Sunny areas and some high cloud about Marlborough, southeasterlies pick up from afternoon bringing increasing cloud then late evening drizzle. Cloud may break to a few afternoon spells about Canterbury, chance of the odd drizzle patch mainly early morning then again from evening.

Sunny areas and some cloud for Southland and Otago, southwesterlies freshen about Southland early afternoon then moving into Otago bringing increasing cloud and a few showers / drizzle patches.

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