Today will see the start of the "most summer-like" week this
year has seen, forecasters predict.
The stormy and unsettled weather which has characterised the
summer so far looks set to end tonight, for the time-being
It'll be good news for revellers making their way to
Auckland's Laneway festival, after yesterday's rain and
thunderstorms looked set to threaten a washout.
The city is set to see a fine day, with some southwesterly
winds, and a high of 21C.
The band of rain and isolated thunderstorms which moved
across the country today were set to clear overnight and
leave behind a fine day for most areas, MetService said.
Any further "patchy weather" was expected to settle down by
today and sunshine was due to return by mid-week, said
MetService meteorologist Leigh Matheson.
WeatherWatch analyst Philip Duncan said the week ahead was
shaping up to be the "most summer-like" this season had seen.
"Most regions at this stage (will have) five days of dry
weather," he said.
"There's no fronts, there's no lows, just a nice big high
moving in, finally."
However, he said unsettled weather in the tropics, with a
number of storms forming over New Caledonia, Fiji and
Queensland, could disrupt the summery feel.
"It's just a matter of time before we get one of those lows
again in the north."
Main centre forecasts for the next two days:
* Dunedin: fine today with southwesterlies and a temperature
of 16C. Fine with light winds on Tuesday.
* Auckland: a fine day today with southwesterly winds and a
high of 21C. The winds will ease by Tuesday;
* Hamilton: fine with southwesterlies today, a high of 24C.
Winds dying out by Tuesday;
* Wellington: possibility of a morning shower today with
fresh southerlies and a temperature of 16C. Tuesday would be
fine with the southerlies dying out.
* Christchurch: the risk of showers around Banks Peninsula,
but fine in the city today with a high of 20C. Fine on
Tuesday with northeasterlies developing.
- Patrice Dougan and Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ