Your web browser (Internet Explorer) is out of date. Some things will not look right and things might not work properly. Please download an up-to-date and free browser from here.

InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Friday

A low east of New Zealand directs a southerly quarter airflow over the South Island and lower North Island. The upper North Island mostly has low pressure which becomes more organised overnight as a low centre moves in from the northwest.

A risk of early fog in the morning for the upper North Island then cloud builds, showers at times especially from afternoon. Overnight rain moves into some eastern areas. Light winds.

Cloudy areas with a few showers possible about the lower western North Island, more so in the afternoon otherwise mainly dry. Parts of northern Taranaki and the Central North Island sees late afternoon / evening rain. South to southeasterly winds.

Early morning rain about the Wairarapa eases to the odd shower by midday, dry further north along the east coast with some sun then rain develops in the evening. Light winds tend south to southwest in the afternoon.

Morning rain for Wellington then easing, brisk southerly winds.

Early rain clears Nelson and Marlborough then mostly cloudy and dry (some afternoon sun possible for Nelson), a few showers or drizzle patches still possible south of the Wairau Valley however. South to southeasterly winds. Areas of drizzle for Canterbury, some rain possible at times. Snow to 500m lowers to 400m overnight. Fresh south to southwesterly winds.

High cloud along the West Coast, some sun at times. Southeasterly winds. Cloudy with some drizzle about Southland and Otago, drier spells developing from afternoon. There may be a light snow flurry or two lowering to 300m by evening, any flurries shouldn’t cause any issues. East to southeasterly winds.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation or cold temperatures, typically below 1 to 2 degrees celsius.
White – Snow
Purple – Strong winds.
Yellow – Temperatures around the mid 20 degree mark or over.

Not all regions and towns have been mentioned above. For specific 10 day information for your city, town, rural community or island please see the 1500 forecasts on our homepage!

– Aaron Wilkinson,


Related Articles