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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

A low moves over central New Zealand on Thursday pushing in from the west allowing in a very cold southwest flow from afternoon.

Showers or rain for the upper North Island (rain more likely about western Waikato), easing by midday as breezy northwesterly winds change strong southwest. Winds may gust to gale at times especially about the Auckland region.

Rain with heavy falls for some about the lower North Island in the west, easing during the afternoon then clearing in the evening. Northerlies change gusty southerly around midday.

Along the east coast expect cloudy skies with breezy northerlies, the odd spot of rain possible. Rain becoming more persistent around midday as a gusty south to southwest change moves in (gales likely about the coast). Rain clears in the evening. Gisborne and perhaps parts of northern Hawkes Bay will see the gusty southwest change kick in but it may be fairly dry with only a few showers on the cards.

Rain with heavy falls possible for Wellington, clearing late afternoon. Northerlies change gusty southerly late morning.

Rain about Nelson and Marlborough, possibly heavy then clearing late afternoon with cloud breaking away to clear skies in the evening. Cold southerly winds die out in the evening then freshening again overnight for a time.

For Canterbury expect rain to clear around midday then areas of sun breaking through. Southwest winds strengthen later in the evening with further rain for a time and a few snow flurries to 500m before clearing overnight.

Early morning rain clears along the West Coast then sunny spells develop, a few further showers move through later in the evening. Breezy cool southwesterly winds. Any early showers clear Otago and Southland then expect sunny spells, mid to late afternoon a gusty southwest change brings rain which eases in the evening. Some snow falls to 400 or perhaps even 300m for a time.

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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