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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

An anticyclone slips away to the east of New Zealand on Thursday as a northeasterly airflow moves in.

Sunny areas and increasing high cloud about the upper North Island with light winds tending northeasterly in the afternoon for most. Mainly sunny about the lower North Island in the west with light east to northeasterly winds.

For the North Island’s east coast, a few showers mostly in the morning clearing although the odd one may linger till evening. Light southerlies tend northeast in the afternoon. Sunny about Wellington with northerly winds, cloud increases overnight.

Sunny about Nelson and Marlborough with light winds, tending north to northwest in the afternoon. Sunny about Canterbury with some late evening high cloud. Light winds inland, east to northeast winds near the coast.

Increasing cloudy areas for the West Coast, there may be a shower or two during the day just on coastal fringes otherwise mainly dry. Overnight showers becoming more widespread. Sunny areas and increasing high cloud about Southland and Otago, overnight spots of rain. Light north to northeasterly winds.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation or cold temperatures, typically below 1 to 2 degrees celsius.
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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