A cold snap is expected later this week, with rain, wind and
snow set to hit most of the country.
MetService spokesman John Law said the east of the North
Island was set for a wet week.
A severe weather warning had been issued for heavy rainfall
for Gisborne and Hawkes Bay north of Napier.
Waikato and the Central Plateau as well as the South Island
could expect frosty nights from this evening, he said.
"Once again, the temperatures are likely to see-saw across
"After a frosty Monday night temperatures will recover
slightly on Tuesday with a brief return to milder
A cold outbreak would arrive at the end of the week, and
would send temperatures plummeting again with more snow in
the south, Mr Law said.
Gusty northwesterly winds were also expected to hit
Southland, Otago and Canterbury, with a potential of reaching