It could be time to peel off some of the winter layers this
week as temperatures look set to rise - even topping 20C in
After the past few chilly and wet weeks it will be welcome
news for most, with forecasters predicting warmer northwest
winds to sweep the country.
Daytime temperatures in some eastern areas will push into the
high teens, while Napier and Hastings could see temperatures
above 20C, MetService meteorologist Peter Little said.
However, the warmer weather is also likely to bring severe
wet weather to some parts, with a severe weather warning
already in place for parts of the South Island's West Coast
overnight and into tomorrow.
Around 90mm of rain is likely in the Westland ranges within
12 hours tonight, and residents are warned to watch out for
rapidly rising streams and rivers, and hazardous driving
"Further bursts of heavy rain are expected to affect the West
Coast throughout this week, as several frontal systems
embedded in this northwesterly flow cross the country," said
"Fanning those warmer temperatures in the east will be strong
to gale northwesterlies. These winds may reach severe gale
force in some eastern areas and about the capital later this
week, so people should keep up to date with the latest
MetService forecasts as warnings and watches may be issued."
A severe weather watch for heavy rain has also been issued
for Buller, Westland and Fiordland until Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, last week had been confirmed as the coldest of the
year for many parts of the country, according to MetService.
"Auckland had its coldest week of the year, with a mean
temperature of just 8.4C, [which is] 2.5C below average for
this time of year," Mr Little said.
"At Kelburn, in Wellington, we had a whole week where the
temperature remained in single digits. The Garden City also
shivered last week, averaging just 4.6C, which is 1.2C below
the July mean."