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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

A northeasterly airflow strengthens over New Zealand on Thursday with a large deep low gradually moving towards the western side of the country during the day, the low centre moves to become situated over the upper South Island overnight.

Cloudy with the odd shower for the upper North Island, rain develops about Northland in the morning then spreads southwards late afternoon / evening before easing overnight, breezy northeasterlies change northwest. Rain may be heavy especially about the Waikato and Bay Of Plenty for a time in the evening before easing overnight.

High cloud thickens from mornnig about the lower North Island in the west, rain spreads southwards during the evening then easing overnight as breezy east to northeast winds change northwest. Rain may become heavy for a time about the Central North Island in the evening. Winds strongest about Taranaki.

High cloud thickening from morning along the east coast, rain develops later in the evening then clears overnight. Freshening northeasterly winds change northwest after rain clears. Thick high cloud for Wellington, some sun may break through at times. Rain develops later in the evening / overnight as northerlies change easterly.

Thick high cloud with northerlies about Nelson and Marlborough, the odd shower or spit of rain about Nelson and the Sounds. More widespread rain develops later in the evening / overnight with a southeast change. Thickening high cloud for Canterbury, overnight rain moves in with heavy falls possible as northeasterly winds change southeast.

Cloudy with the odd spit or shower along the West Coast, rain about Fiordland with heavy falls then easing from afternoon. Breezy northeasterly winds. Rain develops in the morning about Southland then eases from afternoon. Otago sees brief morning rain then mainly dry with cloudy skies. Light easterlies then freshening from the southeast later in the day.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation or cold 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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