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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Thursday

A front pushes northwards over the South Island during Thursday, weakening as it does. The North Island has a ridge of high pressure.

A mix of clouds and sunshine for the upper North Island. Warmest afternoon temperatures about the Bay Of Plenty reaching into the high twenties. West to southwesterly winds. Sunny areas and increasing high cloud for the lower western North Island, overnight showers as northwesterlies change southeast.

Any early showers clear Gisborne, mid level cloud breaks to mostly sunny weather and a touch of high cloud for the east coast. Southwesterlies ease then tending light northeast in the afternoon. An overnight southerly change brings the risk of a few showers about the Wairarapa. Mostly cloudy for Wellington, breezy northerly winds change southerly overnight bringing a few showers.

High cloud increases from morning about Nelson / Marlborough, north to northwesterly winds change southerly in the evening bringing cooler temperatures and the risk of a shower. High cloud for Canterbury with north to northeasterly winds, a southerly change late afternoon or evening brings a few showers.

Rain pushes northwards during the day along the West Coast reaching North Westland in the afternoon, rain will weaken as it moves northwards gradually becoming patchy. Skies clearing up in the evening as northerlies change southerly. Showers develop in the morning about Southland and Otago, clearing early afternoon for Southland then late afternoon about Otago, sunny spells after showers clear. Northerlies change southwest then dying out later in the evening.

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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