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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

A ridge lies over much of the country on Thursday, the airflow coming in from the northeast over the North Island and northwest for the South Island.

A chance of morning fog for some upper North Island regions then a mix of sun and cloud. There may be a shower or two from morning about eastern coastal areas like the Coromandel, Great Barrier Island and eastern Northland then they may propagate to other areas further west in the afternoon. Light east to northeasterly winds.

Sunny with light winds in the morning for the lower western North Island, a chance of fog / frost to start the day about the Central North Island. Afternoon west to northwest winds for most. Light afternoon northerlies for Taranaki. Some cloud for Kapiti during the day streaming in from the Tasman.

Sunny with afternoon northeasterlies along the east coast. Sunny spells about Wellington with north to northwesterly winds.

Sunny with light winds in the morning for Nelson and Marlborough, afternoon north to northwesterly winds. Mainly sunny with some high cloud in Canterbury, light winds.

Cloudy areas along the West Coast, perhaps a light shower or two. Some sun may even break through at times. Fiordland sees showers or drizzle, perhaps some rain now and then. Northeasterly winds. Spotty areas of rain about Southland, easing afternoon then clearing evening. Otago sees plenty of high cloud, only a spot or two of rain possible late afternoon / evening. Light north to northeasterly 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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