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The Big Picture on Monday

A slack pressure gradient lies over New Zealand on Monday, this can create light shifty winds and areas of convergence which may lead to a downpour or two.

For the upper North Island expect a mix of sun and cloud for most regions, winds are light from the southerly quarter. Northland sees showers or some rain for most of the day. During the afternoon sea breezes develop and this may lead to late afternoon / evening isolated showers, some could be heavy with thunderstorms then clearing later on. High’s in the mid to late twenties so certainly not cold weather.

Mostly sunny weather for the lower North Island, winds are light with afternoon sea breezes once again. Isolated showers may develop late afternoon / evening about some inland hills and ranges then clearing later in the day. Temperatures warm in the mid to late twenties.

A mix of sun and cloud for Nelson through to North Canterbury, isolated showers develop late afternoon / evening about some inland areas, could be a heavy fall then clearing later on. A bit cloudier in the east Mid Canterbury southwards with a shower or two, becoming more restricted to inland areas during the afternoon. The West Coast sees morning cloud with a shower or two then afternoon sun breaks through, a few showers clinging to inland hills and ranges. Temperatures in the low to mid twenties for North Canterbury through to Nelson, mid to high teens elsewhere.

Image – 5th March 2018 4:00pm MSLP / Rain map –


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