InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday / Saturday


An anticyclone in the Tasman Sea casts a ridge of high pressure over the North Island today, further south expect a north to northwesterly airflow. Mainly anticyclonic on Saturday bringing mostly settled weather.

Mostly sunny for a majority of the North Island today, some high cloud likely at times though, mainly for the southern half. Winds are light in the east and tending west to southwest in the west. Sunny areas and some high cloud for most of the South Island, getting into South Westland skies are cloudier with some rain gradually moving into Fiordland.

Warm and sunny for most of the North Island on Saturday. Cloudy areas for Southland / Otago, sun breaks through in the afternoon about Central Otago. The West Coast has some rain for South Westland, sunny spells further north. Any morning cloud from Canterbury up through to Nelson in the east clears otherwise mostly sunny with some high cloud.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz