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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Thursday / Friday

A very weak front disintegrates over the South Island today as an anticyclone starts to regain dominance over the country. Mainly anticyclonic for New Zealand again on Friday bringing more settled weather, still plenty of morning cloud about for some. A front approaches to the west moving onto the lower South Island overnight.

Morning cloud for Northland and Auckland breaks to mostly sunny weather this afternoon, staying mostly cloudy for the southwestern corner, perhaps even a shower or two. Mostly sunny from Bay Of Plenty down through to Wairarapa in the east. Showers for the southwestern corner of the South Island ease in the morning and clear away, mostly sunny in the east then some cloud thickens for inland parts of Canterbury from afternoon.

Morning cloud for the western North Island then breaking to increasing sunny areas from afternoon, any early showers for western Auckland / Northland clear away. Mostly sunny for the eastern North Island. Morning cloud breaks for the eastern South Island then expect some high cloud. Sunny spells in the west, the odd shower moves into Fiordland from afternoon then rain develops there later in the evening / overnight with possible heavy falls. Southland has a dry day, some rain develops overnight.

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


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