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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday

A front moves off the upper South Island on Wednesday morning then onto the North Island in the afternoon, clearing away overnight. Winds northwest ahead of the front then changing southwest in behind. A strong Westerly airflow lies over the lower South Island for much of the day.

For the upper North Island tomorrow expect mostly cloudy skies, a few showers move through in the evening as breezy WNW winds change southwest. Any showers then clear overnight with cloud starting to break away.

Cloudy for the west of the lower North Island, the odd drizzle patch then some rain early afternoon before clearing away with a southwest change. The odd spot of rain moves into the Wairarapa during the morning then further north in the afternoon, sun breaking through in the east later in the day.

Morning heavy rain for North Westland eases to a few showers as northerlies change southwest, some morning rain develops for Nelson and Marlborough then breaking to a mostly sunny afternoon as northwesterlies change southwest. Canterbury sees any morning spots of rain clear then mainly sunny although mid afternoon onwards may see an isolated shower move in Banks Peninsula southwards (mainly coastal) with a weak southerly change.

Showers about Southland and Central Otago for much of the day, some may be heavy. Only morning showers for coastal Otago then sunny spells develop. Winds for Southland and Otago gusty / strong from the west for much of the day, gales about some coastal areas especially coastal Southland and the Catlins.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation.
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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