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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

A front pushes in from the west, gradually moving over the North Island on Thursday afternoon / evening meanwhile cold southerlies for the South Island gradually move northwards.

Chance of a shower for the upper North Island then rain develops in the afternoon becoming heavy for some, easing in the evening as northwesterly winds tend westerly.

Lower North Island in the west. Areas of rain, heavy about Taranaki from morning then elsewhere in the afternoon then easing in the evening. Northwesterlies change southeasterly later in the evening.

Thickening high cloud along the east coast, spots of rain about the Wairarapa spread into the Hawkes Bay around midday then Gisborne by evening. Northerly winds change southwest during the evening. Gusty northerlies for Wellington with periods of rain, then southerlies kicking in late afternoon with rain easing.

Thick high cloud about Nelson / Marlborough with the odd spot of rain possible (more so about Nelson), more widespread rain moves in late afternoon as northwesterlies change southeast. Rain easing later in the evening. Rain for inland areas of Canterbury (possibly heavy), easing from late afternoon or evening to showers. Nearer the coast expect showers for much of the day. Snow to 700m lowers to 200m overnight. Cold southerly winds.

Rain with heavy falls for the West Coast, clearing during the afternoon however remaining mostly cloudy. Southeasterly winds freshen. Dry for South Westland with sun breaking through from afternoon.

Showers with snow flurries to 400m lowering to low levels by evening about Southland and Otago, showers later in the day becoming more restricted to coastal areas with conditions becoming dry and very cold inland. Cold southwesterly winds.

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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