InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Friday


A front pushes northwards over New Zealand on Friday, winds preceding the front from the northwest then changing southwest in behind.

Sunny spells and increasing cloud for the upper North Island, evening showers then clearing overnight as northwesterly winds change southwest. Becoming mostly cloudy in the morning for the lower western North Island, showers develop in the afternoon then clear in the evening as northwesterlies change west to southwest.

High cloud increases in the morning along the east coast then breaking away in the evening, some sun at times especially later in the day. North to northwesterly winds. Becoming cloudy in the morning in Wellington, a shower or two in the afternoon / early evening then clearing away. There may be some sun late in the day before dusk sets in. Brisk to strong north to northwesterly winds.

High cloud thickens from morning about Nelson / Marlborough, a few spots of rain pass through in the afternoon then some sun later in the day. North to northwesterly winds becoming blustery then changing southwest in the evening. Morning high cloud may bring a spot of rain in Canterbury then sunny areas increase from afternoon with north to northwesterly winds. Later in the afternoon or evening winds tend southerly near the coast.

Rain develops in the morning along the West Coast then easing to showers and sunny spells in the afternoon as northerlies change southwest. Early rain eases to showers in the morning about Southland and Otago then clearing, becoming mostly sunny around midday. Northerlies change to the west or southwest in the afternoon.

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.


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- Aaron Wilkinson, WeatherWatch.co.nz