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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday

A front pushes over New Zealand from the west mainly during the morning however not clearing some eastern parts of the North Island till later in the day. A northerly quarter airflow tends southerly about the lower South Island on Wednesday afternoon meanwhile a deep low is centred just to the west.

For the upper North Island, rain with a few heavy falls clearing in the afternoon as breezy northeasterly winds change northwest, some sun may even break through for a time. About eastern Bay Of Plenty rain may not become heavy till afternoon then eases later in the evening. Later in the evening / overnight showers move in to western areas.

About the lower North Island in the west, morning rain eases then some sun may break through in the afternoon as northeasterly winds tend northerly. Rain may continue at times through much of the day, just less frequent in the afternoon. Heavy rain moves into Taranaki from evening.

Morning rain for the eastern North Island then cloud breaks to sun in the afternoon, a few further spots of rain possible overnight. About Gisborne however, while areas of rain may ease in the afternoon they may continue at times. Northeasterlies tend northerly after midday.

Mostly cloudy for Wellington with the odd shower or area of rain, breezy northerly winds.

Some rain about Nelson and Marlborough, clearing for a time in the afternoon (more so about Marlborough) with some sun breaking through then rain moves in again later in the evening. North to northwesterly winds. Morning spots of rain clear Canterbury, some sun then evening rain as southwest winds freshen.

Areas of rain along the West Coast, heavy at times. Northeasterly winds. Scattered rain and dry spells for Southland and Otago, sun breaks through especially about Otago around midday then showers move in again late evening. Light northeast winds tend south to southwesterly around midday.

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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