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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday

A subtropical feed brings some heavy rain to the North Island’s east coast for a time on Wednesday then unstable conditions in the afternoon inland while the South Island continues to sit under a ridge of high pressure.

Sunny spells for the upper North Island, afternoon and evening showers with the chance of heavy falls and thunderstorms especially for inland areas then easing later in the day. Light winds.

Mostly cloudy for the lower North Island in the west with the odd shower, more likely from afternoon some of which may become heavy with thunderstorms then easing later in the evening or overnight. Taranaki sees sunny spells, perhaps a shower or two later in the afternoon / evening. Winds generally from the south although tending north to northwest about the Central North Island.

Morning rain eases away for the eastern North Island, perhaps not easing away about the Wairarapa till later in the afternoon. Some sun may break through after rain clears however showers then develop in the afternoon. Showers more likely about the ranges some of which could be heavy with thunderstorms, perhaps spreading towards the coast for a time then clearing away in the evening. Light winds in the morning tend east to northeast after midday.

Cloudy with rain developing in the afternoon about Wellington. South to southeasterly winds.

Cloudy or becoming cloudy in the morning for Nelson and Marlborough, showers from late afternoon or evening. Southeasterly winds about Marlborough, light northerlies in the afternoon for Nelson.

Sunny spells for Canterbury, cloud thickens in the evening. East to northeasterly winds. Mainly sunny with light west to southwesterly winds for the West Coast, a warm afternoon for inland Buller.

Mostly sunny about the far south although there may be some coastal cloud about Southland in the morning. Some lower level cloud increasing about coastal Otago in the evening. Light winds.

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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