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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

A westerly airflow lies over New Zealand on Thursday, a weak front straddles the upper North Island while another fairly weak front moves onto the lower South Island in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy with a shower or two for the upper North Island, drying out a little from afternoon and there may even be some late sun. Areas of rain move in again overnight from the west. Northland sees cloudy areas and occasional sun with westerly winds.

Showers about the lower western North Island, clearing around midday for most then some sun may break through in the afternoon. Overnight some further rain pushes in again from the west. West to northwesterly winds.

For the east coast. Morning showers for the Wairarapa with a southwest change then clearing away. Southwesterlies push into Hawkes Bay and Gisborne in the afternoon however looking mainly dry with some cloud. Sunny areas and some high cloud before the southwest change moves through.

Early showers clear Wellington then becoming mostly sunny, light southerlies tend northerly around midday.

Morning cloud with the chance of a shower about Nelson / Marlborough, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Light winds tending onshore in the afternoon. Any early showers clear North Canterbury then sunny spells increase, east to northeasterly winds. Chance of an isolated heavy shower about South Canterbury in the evening then breaking away at night.

A mix of sun and cloud along the West Coast with any early showers about Buller clearing away, southwesterly winds. A few patchy showers move into Fiordland from afternoon. Dry first thing about Southland then around midday a southwest change moves in bringing a few showers which then clear late afternoon. Otago is mostly sunny, chance of a shower late afternoon / evening as light winds tend southwest.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation – or – low 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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