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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

A frontal system moves from west to east over the South Island in the morning on Thursday then the North Island later in the day / overnight, meanwhile ex Tropical Cyclone Donna positions itself just north of the North Island overnight.

Areas of rain for the upper North Island, heavy from late afternoon or evening. A chance of torrential falls late evening / overnight. Breezy north to northeasterly winds change southerly overnight.

For the lower North Island in the west expect rain with heavy falls about possible about northern Taranaki, heavy falls peak during the evening and may become widespread for a time before easing for all overnight. Northeasterly winds tend northwest overnight.

Cloudy with showers developing in the morning for the eastern North Island then rain from later in the evening. Rain becoming heavy overnight. Gisborne may experience dry spells at times during the day till rain sets in overnight. Breezy northeasterly winds.

Areas of rain for Wellington during the day, easing in the evening then clearing later on. Breezy Northerly winds.

Rain about Nelson and Marlborough, heavy falls possible then clearing in the evening. Parts of eastern Marlborough may escape heavy falls. Breezy northerly winds. Morning spots of rain clear for Canterbury then sunny spells break through, chance of a further late afternoon or evening shower as light northerly winds change southwest.

Early heavy rain eases along the West Coast to showers in the morning, a chance showers may still be heavy however with the odd rogue thunderstorm then easing further late afternoon. A few sunny spells may start to break through after midday. Breezy northeasterlies tend lighter northerly after midday.

Morning high cloud about Southland and Otago with spots of rain possible then breaking to sunny spells, a few overnight showers as light winds freshen from the southwest.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation.
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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