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InfoGraphic: The Big Picture on Wednesday

A front moves northwards over the South Island on Wednesday bringing in a change from northwesterlies tend southwesterlies. A westerly airflow lies over the North Island.

Mostly cloudy for the upper North Island with the chance of a shower or two otherwise mainly dry, showers more likely overnight. The Bay Of Plenty sees a mix of sun and cloud during the day. Westerly winds. Cloudy areas with the odd shower possible for the lower western North Island, more so from afternoon then a greater risk later in the evening. Breezy west to northwesterly winds.

A mainly sunny day along the east coast with west to northwesterly winds (chance of a coastal sea breeze about Hawkes Bay and Gisborne), overnight a southerly change pushes into the Wairarapa bringing showers. Sunny areas and increasing cloud in Wellington, late evening showers. Northwesterly winds freshen then change southerly overnight.

Mostly sunny about Nelson and Marlborough with some high cloud, northwesterly winds picking up. Later in the evening or overnight winds change southerly with the risk of a shower although probably staying mainly dry. The northwest Nelson and Tasman areas will likely see a few showers late afternoon / evening. Mostly sunny with some high cloud for Canterbury, an afternoon southerly change moves into South Canterbury bringing rain or showers, pushing into North Canterbury by evening. Rain clearing overnight.

Cloudy along the West Coast, rain with a chance of heavy falls about South Westland moves into North Westland by midday then clearing later in the evening. Northwesterlies changing southwest later in the day. Morning rain eases to showers about Southland and Otago, clearing around midday for Southland but not about Otago till later in the evening. Staying mostly cloudy. Cool southwesterly winds.

Blue – Heavy form of precipitation – or – low 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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