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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Friday / Saturday

A cold front pushes northwards over the South Island today, weakening as it goes. A ridge lies over the North Island with the aforementioned front arriving about the lower North Island overnight. A ridge of high pressure pushes in over the South Island on Saturday meanwhile a southeasterly airflow lies over the North Island.

A northwesterly airflow lies over the North Island today, expect some cloud in the west with sunnier conditions out east. There may be a light shower or two this morning for Taranaki and Kapiti then overnight further rain or showers moves in. Rain pushes northwards along the West Coast of the South Island, heavy about South Westland but easing as it moves northwards. Gusty northwesterlies in the east but a cool southwest change moves in bringing rain or showers to Southland and Otago in the morning then Canterbury in the afternoon.

Showers for the eastern North Island on Saturday, drier out west however a late afternoon / evening shower is possible from Bay Of Plenty through to Northland. The South Island has mostly sunny weather however there may be some early morning cloud in the east, perhaps an early shower for Southland also then clearing.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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