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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

This front slowly passes from west to east over New Zealand during Thursday meanwhile a low follows in behind.

Morning rain eases to showers and sunny spells about the upper North Island, showers may be heavy in the afternoon then clearing in the evening. Overnight further showers move in with heavy falls and a chance of thunderstorms / hail, especially in the west. West to northwesterly winds.

Morning rain eases to showers for the lower western North Island, some of which may be heavy. There may be a sunny spell or two break through from afternoon also. Northerly quarter winds. Dry at first along the east coast then clouding up fairly quickly during the morning with some rain moving in before midday. Rain clears overnight for most however becoming heavy about the Wairarapa. Northeasterly winds.

Rain for Wellington, clearing in the afternoon then some sun breaks through. Rain again overnight as northerlies change southerly.

Rain for Nelson and Marlborough, clearing around midday then areas of sun breaking through, North to northeasterly winds.

Patchy rain or drizzle for Canterbury, light easterly winds. Rain easing to showers in the afternoon along the West Coast, chance of a sunny spell or two after midday otherwise mainly cloudy. Northeasterly winds. Mostly sunny about Southland, cloudy areas and occasional sun for Inland Otago. Coastal Otago sees mostly cloudy skies with a few patchy showers. East 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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