InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday / Saturday


A moderate southwesterly airflow lies over New Zealand today moving around a large high pressure system in the Tasman Sea. A westerly airflow lies over the country on Saturday.

The odd shower clears the western North Island this morning, not clearing Northland till evening. The Waikato and Bay Of Plenty have a mainly sunny day after any morning cloud clears. The odd shower about eastern coastal fringes clears in the evening (Gisborne to Wairarapa). The South Island is mainly sunny for the majority.... however, some morning cloud and the risk of a shower clears Buller. Showers clear Banks Peninsula in the afternoon. Some coastal cloud hangs about Southland and Otago during the day. A chilly start to the day for inland areas.

Areas of cloud and the odd shower at times for the western North Island on Saturday, showers more likely from afternoon. A mix of sun and cloud for the Bay Of Plenty, sunny for the east coast (Gisborne to Wairarapa). Rain or showers for the South Island's West Coast during the day, showers at times for Southland also and a spot or two may make it into Otago at times. Mostly sunny with some high cloud from Canterbury through to Nelson.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz