Forecasters predict 'summer-like' week

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 anyway.

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.

Source: MetService

- Patrice Dougan and Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ

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