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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday

A ridge weakens over New Zealand on Wednesday then a front slowly moves southwards over the upper North Island later in the day, a cold front moves onto the lower South Island later in the evening / overnight.

Cloudy or mostly cloudy about the upper North Island, risk of a shower or two. Rain about northern Northland spreads into Auckland later in the evening then further south overnight, rain or showers may be heavy at times in the east. Brisk east to northeasterly winds.

Mostly sunny with high cloud increasing from afternoon about the lower North Island in the west, overnight showers move into the Central North Island. East to northeasterly winds.

Mostly sunny along the east coast with some high cloud increasing from afternoon, Gisborne may see lower level cloud increasing from afternoon. Northeasterly winds.

Mainly sunny for Wellington then cloud increases from late afternoon, northerly winds.

Sunny about Nelson and Marlborough with afternoon north to northwesterly winds, evening high cloud.

Mostly sunny about Canterbury with some developing high cloud, light winds.

Sunny areas and increasing cloud for North Westland, light northeasterly winds. Mostly cloudy about South Westland, patchy drizzle becoming more persistent overnight.

Sunny areas and increasing high cloud about Southland and Otago, northwesterlies change southwest later in the evening about Southland bringing rain. Rain moves into Otago overnight. Some snow lowers overnight to 400m, perhaps even 300m for a time, easing / clearing about Southland and southern parts of Otago by dawn on Thursday.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation or cold temperatures, typically below 1 to 2 degrees celsius.
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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