InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday / Friday


An anticyclone to the east and a low pressure system to the west directs a northerly airflow over New Zealand today, a front pushes into western areas during the day. This front passes off to the east of New Zealand on Friday morning, some morning rain in the east then becoming mostly sunny. Rain or showers in the west, easing from afternoon for the western North Island.

Dry for eastern New Zealand today but expect some high cloud, a touch of frost possible for inland areas. Cloudy in the west with rain or showers about South Westland and Northland, gradually pushing into other western regions by evening and possibly becoming heavy.

Early rain for the western North Island, easing to showers in the morning and some sun breaks through by midday. Morning rain about Bay Of Plenty (especially in the east) may be heavy. Some morning rain for the eastern North Island then afternoon sun. Rain or showers for the West Coast, rain heavy at times for Fiordland mainly morning then again at night. Cloud or showers for the eastern South Island breaks to mostly sunny weather during the morning.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson - WeatherWatch.co.nz