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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Tuesday

A large low brews away in the Tasman Sea on Tuesday meanwhile New Zealand is caught under a ridge of high pressure. A tentacle / aka front coming out from this low affects the lower North Island and perhaps parts of the upper South Island during the day.

Plenty of high cloud for the upper North Island, there may be a shower or two about the Waikato from afternoon. Light northwesterly winds.

Patchy rain or drizzle for the lower North Island in the west, rain about parts of the Manawatu and Kapiti may be heavy at times then easing overnight as northwesterlies change southeast.

Mostly cloudy along the east coast, areas of rain or drizzle about the Wairarapa for much of the day while conditions are drier further north with high cloud. Light northwesterlies for most, changing southerly about the Wairarapa in the afternoon then evening further north. Rain for Wellington, easing from afternoon as breezy northwesterly winds change southerly.

Patchy rain or drizzle, possibly heavy at times about Tasman. Northwesterly winds change southeast in the morning then freshen later in the evening. Some sun first thing for Canterbury then cloud thickens with light southerlies, evening drizzle.

Areas of rain or showers about Westport northwards, high cloud and mainly dry further south although rain further north does sneak southwards a little later in the evening / overnight. East to southeasterly winds.

Morning sun possible about Southland and Otago then cloud thickens by midday bringing a chance of drizzle, mainly near the coast. Southeasterly 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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