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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday

A large low sits west of New Zealand in the Tasman Sea on Wednesday dragging in a cool southerly airflow for much of New Zealand, east to northeast winds for the upper North Island however. A front moves onto Northland during the afternoon then pushes a little further south overnight.

The odd shower or drizzle patch for the upper North Island, long dry periods too. Rain moves into Northland during the afternoon bringing a chance of heavy falls then easing from evening. Rain with a chance of heavy falls moves further south overnight, east to northeasterly winds.

Cloudy for the lower North Island in the west, some rain at times then becoming drier overnight. Snow possible about higher parts of the Desert Road (highest point of the Desert Road is 1,074m, snow possible above 800m). Breezy east to southeasterly winds.

Areas of rain ease in the afternoon to drizzle along the North Islands east coast, cool southerly winds. Cloudy about Wellington with the odd light shower or drizzle patch, mainly morning. Southeasterly winds.

Mostly cloudy with some morning drizzle for Nelson / Marlborough, breezy east to southeasterly winds.

Cloudy with the odd drizzle patch about Canterbury, there may be a light snow flurry or two down to 500m however any flurries will likely cause little if any issues. Light southerly winds.

Mainly dry along the West Coast with sunny areas and some high cloud, Westport northwards sees showers which gradually ease then clear in the evening. Southeasterly winds.

Mostly cloudy about Southland and Otago with the odd drizzle patch possible, mainly in the east. A light snow flurry or two may fall to 300m by evening however any flurries will more then likely cause no issues. Inland areas see afternoon sunny spells. East to southeastely winds.

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