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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Friday

A weak area of low pressure lies over the North Island on Friday while a ridge sits over the South Island.

Mostly cloudy in the morning with a few patchy showers for the upper North Island, perhaps an isolated heavy fall from Auckland through to Gisborne, light west to northwesterly winds. Some sun may break through in the afternoon. Northland is mainly dry then showers develop in the afternoon before clearing in the evening. There may be an isolated heavy fall late afternoon / evening for Northland and inland Bay Of Plenty then easing later on. Early morning showers clear the lower western North Island then sunny spells develop, light winds tending onshore in the afternoon.

Morning rain eases to showers then clears along the east coast (mainly about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne), some sun breaks through from afternoon but still plenty of cloud. An isolated shower or two may spring up about the ranges in the afternoon then clearing in the evening. East to northeasterly winds.

A mix of sun and cloud for Wellington with southeasterly winds developing in the morning, risk of a shower otherwise mainly dry.

A mix of sun and cloud for the top of the South Island with east to southeasterly winds about Marlborough, north to northeasterly winds for Nelson. Low risk of an isolated shower late afternoon / evening inland. Chance of a morning drizzle patch for Canterbury, cloud breaking to some sun late in the day. East to Nor’East winds.

Sunny with light winds along the West Coast, afternoon sea breezes. Morning cloud breaks to a mostly sunny afternoon about Southland and inland Otago. Coastal Otago sees cloudy areas, perhaps some sun at times. Light winds tending onshore in the afternoon.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation – or – low 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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