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

A low slowly churns over New Zealand during the day today bringing some unsettled weather, northwesterlies for the North Island while cool Southerlies lie over the South Island. Southwesterlies for much of the country on Tuesday ease then Wednesday sees a northerly quarter airflow which strengthens later in the day.


Blue – Rain about Canterbury is heavy at times today, easing later on then clearing overnight.

Showers about western coastal fringes of the North Island may be heavy at times with a risk of thunderstorms. Perhaps even some hail.

White – Snow about Canterbury is heavy above 500m, down to 400m about South Canterbury. Some snow to 300m for northern / coastal Otago however flurries are only light.

Snow flurries above 800m for the Central Plateau.

Purple – Southeasterlies are brisk to strong about outer parts of Banks Peninsula, easing this evening.


Blue – Showers about western fringes of the North Island may be heavy at times with a risk of hail / thunder once again however gradually easing during the day.

A frosty start to the day about lower / inner parts of the South Island. Temperatures may start the day around -4 degrees for some.

White – Snow flurries about the Central Plateau to 800m once again.


A band of rain may bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the western North Island on Wednesday morning then gradually easing. Later in the evening and overnight a strong northerly quarter airflow develops as a front moves in from the Tasman Sea which will eventually bring heavy rain to the West Coast of the South Island.

– 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,


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