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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Friday

A slow moving front moves onto the North Island on Friday morning while a gusty northwesterly airflow lies across the South Island. A small southwest flick may produce some instability about the lower South Island during the afternoon.

Humid with areas of rain or drizzle from morning about the upper North Island, rain may be fairly persistent across the day about the Waikato, later in the day / overnight for the Bay Of Plenty. Northerly winds.

Areas of rain develop in the morning for the lower western North Island then easing to showers in the afternoon, rain may be persistent about northern Taranaki for a time. Northerlies tend northwest after midday. Winds fairly gusty about coastal Taranaki. Thick high cloud along the east coast, the odd spot of rain spreads into the Wairarapa in the morning then further north around midday. Drying out for the most part by late afternoon. Northerly winds.

Some patchy rain about Wellington during the day with gusty northerly winds, strong through Cook Strait.

Rain, clearing around midday for Marlborough then some sun breaks through in the afternoon. Nelson sees morning rain ease to showers around midday, showers clear late afternoon. Gusty north to northwesterly winds. Early spots of rain clear Canterbury then becoming mostly sunny. Northerlies tend breezy northwest in the afternoon.

Rain with heavy falls along the West Coast gradually easing during the day, only a shower or two by evening. Breezy northerly winds tend northwest in the afternoon. Early spots of rain clear the lower South Island then mostly sunny with some high cloud, showers develop early afternoon in Southland then late afternoon for Otago as light winds gradually change southwest. Showers may be heavy with a risk of thunder then clearing at night.

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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