InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday

A southwesterly airflow lies over New Zealand on Thursday, moving around a large high situated to the west in the Tasman Sea.

Some cloud and the risk of a shower north of Auckland on Thursday, mostly sunny for the rest of the North Island however some cloud about Taranaki may spread into other southwestern parts of the North Island from afternoon.

Mostly cloudy for the West Coast of the South Island, a light shower or two for Fiordland. Mostly sunny along the east coast, perhaps some high cloud, some mid level cloud for coastal Otago. Southland has cloudy periods and the odd shower.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson -