As much of the country returns to the office this week, it
looks like the weather could be set to match the back-to-work
Rain and clouds are forecast to take over, with temperatures
also set to drop to an unseasonable low - some down to 13C.
A band of rain is set to position itself across the country
today and into tomorrow, and a much cooler, showery southwest
flow will cover most of New Zealand for the remainder of the
However, it's not all gloomy, as the weather looks set to
turn fine again for the weekend.
"Pretty much everywhere is going to be rain tomorrow," said
MetService meteorologist Tristan Oakley.
Temperatures should remain pretty high today, with Auckland
set to reach 26C, before the rain moves in later this
Most North Island holiday destinations in the north and east
will see rain in the coming days, developing by this
afternoon or evening and continuing through to Wednesday and
Thursday in some places.
Hawke's Bay will see the best of the weather today, with
"only a little bit of rain", and Wednesday is set to be fine
as well. Showers will arrive on Thursday and Friday, along
with a cooler, southerly change.
Temperatures in the North Island will be around the low 20s
or high teens.
In the South Island, cloud and rain is forecast today,
particularly over the high country and ranges, and continuing
into Wednesday, but turning fine by the end of the week.
The South Island will see the lowest temperatures this week,
with the mercury set to drop to the mid-teens in some places.
"Even down to maximum temperatures of 14 or 13C the further
south you go, so Invercargill, Wanaka and Alexandra, those
places will be not as warm," Mr Oakley said.
Friday and Saturday will be the best days of the week, Mr
"We've got a nice ridge coming along later in the week so
most of the places are looking good for Friday and Saturday."
However, Southland will continue to see showery spells into
The unsettled weather will bring more gloom to some holiday
makers who were forced to escape heavy rain, causing flooding
in some parts of the lower North Island over the weekend.
Campers at Morrison's Bush campsite in Wairarapa had to
scramble to safety when the Ruamahanga River rose rapidly on
A number of children had to rescued by tractor after heavy
downpours flooded the site, forcing some campers to abandon
their tents and caravans.
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ