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InfoGraphic: The Main Weather News Highlights across NZ: Mon, Tue, Wed

A northwesterly airflow builds over New Zealand today then a front coming in from the southwest hits the lower South Island late afternoon / evening bringing in a cold change. Westerlies return on Tuesday then another even colder southwest change moves onto the lower South Island in the afternoon before pushing northwards. A strong southwesterly airflow eases later on Wednesday.


Blue – Rain with heavy falls moves onto South Westland this afternoon then pushes northwards in the evening. Rain eases overnight.

Purple – Northwesterlies about the upper South Island inland and through Cook Strait becoming brisk to strong from evening, winds may gust to gale.


Blue – Heavy rain moves into Fiordland in the morning then moving into North Westland during the afternoon, rain eases to showers in the evening.

Purple – We have a brisk westerly airflow for much of the country, strong about parts of Central New Zealand. A strong southwest change moves onto the lower South Island then moves northwards reaching the upper North Island overnight. This southwest change brings strong winds to many coastal areas with a risk of gales.

White – As the cold change mentioned above moves onto the lower South Island in the afternoon with it brings a risk of snow. While many areas below are shaded in, Canterbury and Marlborough in particular will only get a few flurries to the levels mentioned next in this statement then clearing away. Southland and Otago sees snow lower to 400 or perhaps even 300m at times during the afternoon / evening, easing towards dawn on Wednesday. Canterbury sees brief flurries to 400m overnight, Marlborough to 500m. Some parts of the Central North Island sees flurries down to 800m by dawn on Wednesday.


Purple – Strong to gale south to southwesterly winds ease later in the day for most coastal parts of New Zealand, not easing about the eastern North Island till dawn on Thursday. Winds will be strongest about coastal parts of the eastern North Island late afternoon / evening.

White – Remaining morning snow flurries about parts of Otago and coastal Canterbury to 400 or perhaps even 300m clearing away. Snow will not be heavy. Snow flurries about the Central North Island to 500m clearing around midday.

– Please note, the idea behind this update is to focus on the main weather highlights, which is why not all regions are mentioned. 

For specific 10 day information for your city, town, rural community or island please see the 1500 forecasts on our homepage!

– Aaron Wilkinson,


Sarah on 12/06/2017 12:51am

Hello do you know how strong the strongest winds will be in rangiora area over next few days please

WW Forecast Team on 12/06/2017 3:56am

Hi Sarah
Strongest winds on Wednesday look to be around noon (or daytime). Worst are well east of you but gales still possible for a time (or at times). Hopefully mainly below damaging threshold.

Philip D

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