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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Friday

This low moves over the North Island on Friday while a ridge sits over the South Island.

Early heavy showers with a risk of hail and thunder ease about the upper North Island then sunny spells increase, showers mostly clearing by evening. Breezy southwesterly winds.

A chance of low cloud or fog about the lower western North Island (including the Central North Island then breaking to some sun. A few showers develop again in the afternoon however especially inland with the chance of an isolated heavy fall as light winds tend south to southwest. Showers clear at night.

A mix of sun and cloud along the east coast, cloud builds in the afternoon with a few isolated showers developing inland about the ranges then showers becoming a little more widespread later in the evening / overnight. Light winds pick up from the southeast afternoon onwards.

Patchy rain for Wellington, clearing in the evening. Southeasterly winds.

Morning rain then cloud breaks to some sun late afternoon about Nelson and Marlborough, southeasterly winds. Cloudy areas for Canterbury, a shower or two also then clearing in the evening. North Canterbury may see some rain during the morning. Easterly winds.

Mostly sunny along the West Coast with some cloud at times after midday, light winds. A mostly sunny morning for Southland and inland Otago, a chance of early low cloud or fog. Cloud builds a little in the afternoon. Light winds. Coastal Otago has cloudy areas for much of the day with breezy east to northeast 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,


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