Golden weather expected to turn grey

Soft early morning light catches autumn colours in trees in Queens Gardens in Dunedin yesterday.

As the day opened up and temperatures in the South rose, weather forecasters cast a darker message.

Make the most of your outdoor exercise regimen this weekend — the weather may not be conducive to outdoor activity next week.

A MetService spokesman said a ridge of high pressure is expected to cover most of the country this weekend, bringing sunny weather and temperatures in the early 20s across Otago and Southland.

However, a strengthening northerly flow was expected to develop over the South Island during Sunday and a front to move slowly east over the lower South Island on Monday, bringing rain to most places for much of next week.

“Rain is expected to spread over Fiordland and Westland with this front, with a moderate risk that rainfall accumulations will reach warning amounts about Fiordland and south Westland during Sunday and Monday.

“In addition, strong to gale northerlies are expected ahead of this front, with a low risk of the northerlies reaching severe gale about Fiordland and Southland during this time.”

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