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A high and a front – The Big Picture on Tuesday

On Tuesday we have a high stretched over the North Island with it’s centre still out in the Tasman Sea, while a front slowly makes it’s way northwards over the South Island – albeit to little effect.

So for the North Island we have mostly sunny weather, some cloud builds a little after midday from Northland down through to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
This may result in a late afternoon or evening isolated shower, though most of Auckland will probably stay dry.

It should stay sunny along the East Coast, with sunny areas in the west – and westerly winds, while Wellington is mainly sunny too, with northerly winds.

For the South Island, it’s looking cloudy in the west, with rain or showers about Fiordland – spreading northwards late afternoon or evening, but then weakening and clearing later in the evening and overnight.
For the east coast it’s mainly sunny with some high cloud, and light winds.
Pleasant temps too – around low 20s or thereabouts for most.

In the afternoon a southwest wind change moves through Otago, bringing a few showers, then moving through Canterbury later in the evening – although by that stage it may just be some low cloud.
Southland has breezy northwesterlies tending more west to southwest around midday – staying dry at first, then showers increase as that change moves through.

– Aaron Wilkinson & Drew Chappell,


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