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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday

A front pushes northwards over the South Island during Wednesday then onto the North Island overnight, preceding the front is a strong northwesterly airflow then changing cold southwest in behind.

For the upper North Island expect sunny areas and increasing cloud, chance of a shower from evening then overnight some rain moves in. Northwesterly winds.

Mostly cloudy about the lower North Island in the west, chance of a shower from afternoon then later in the evening or overnight rain moves in with a chance of heavy falls. Building northwesterlies then changing southwest overnight. High cloud increases for the east coast, mainly dry and warm then overnight a southwest change moves through with rain.

Showers for the West Coast of the South Island, a band of heavy rain moves northwards during the day, reaching North Westland by midday then easing by late afternoon. Nelson and Marlborough see increasing cloud, rain moves into Nelson late afternoon or evening then clears overnight. Marlborough may see a spot of rain in the evening then overnight a period of showers moves through.

Northwesterlies through inland Canterbury and Cook Strait are likely to be brisk or strong with a chance winds may gust to gale at times then easing from mid afternoon about Canterbury then overnight through Cook Strait.

Plenty of high cloud for Canterbury, winds change southwest in the afternoon then freshening in the evening bringing showers which could be heavy for a time with small hail then clearing overnight. Rain about Southland and Otago in the morning then easing to showers, cold southwesterly 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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