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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

Thursday sees an occluded frontal zone lying over the upper North Island while an easterly quarter airflow flows over the rest of the country.

Showers in the area, many dry spells also and perhaps some sun. Rain offshore may drift into the Auckland region during the evening then move further south into the Waikato and Bay Of Plenty overnight. Light northwesterly winds Auckland northwards, easterlies further south. Warmest temperatures about Northland.

A mainly sunny morning about Manawatu then cloud thickens from afternoon, later in the evening a few spits move in. Taranaki and the Central North Island sees skies cloudy areas, a chance sun may break through for a time in the morning then thickening again from afternoon, spits / showers develop later in the evening. Easterly winds.

Mainly cloudy about Gisborne (chance of a light shower or two), Hawkes Bay sees cloudy areas which may break to some sun at times then the Wairarapa has mainly sunny conditions. Cloud thickening for all during the afternoon then later in the evening / overnight areas of rain move in (southern Wairarapa may remain dry).

Mostly cloudy for Wellington with southeasterly winds.

Sunny at first after a frosty start then cloud thickens up from late morning about Marlborough. Nelson sees sunnier skies with some high cloud gradually creeping in, cloud thickens and lowers in the evening. East to southeasterly winds.

Mainly sunny about inland Canterbury, some cloud right on the coastal fringes, cloud thickens up in the evening for all. East to northeasterly winds.

Mainly sunny with a touch of high cloud from afternoon along the West Coast, there may be a shower or two develop Greymouth northwards in the evening. East to northeasterly winds.

Mainly sunny about Southland and inland Otago with east to northeasterly breezes after a frosty start. Coastal Otago sees cloudier skies with the chance of a drizzle patch or two.

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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