Mixed bag of weather over holiday weekend

Today looks to be the pick of the weather for gardening and holidaymaking this Labour Day weekend.

But it's not much of a standout, with cloud in many places and showers in others.

It's all pretty typical spring weather, with cool winds blowing in from the Tasman Sea - until a northerly swings around on to the upper half of the North Island and dumps rain on Monday.

Wellington may be one of the few places for a decent dose of sun - but not until the public holiday on Monday, and the temperature is pegged for no more than a just-warm 16C.

"It's very much a spring weekend," said MetService meteorologist John Law.

A front over the South Island today is expected to deliver rain in the west and south, and showers in the east and north. In Central Otago, temperatures dive from the unseasonably high middle-to-high 20s where they sat for several days, to a predicted 18C today and 17C tomorrow.

Northland and Auckland are in for a cloudy day, with a few showers. In the west of the North Island, from Wellington and through Waikato to the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty, isolated showers can be expected, turning to rain from evening.

In the North Island, the east stands out as the sunny place to be tomorrow, with a few showers elsewhere.

The South Island is in for varying amounts of the wet stuff.

On Monday the upper half of the North Island is in for a bout of northerly rain, but further south, fine weather is expected. In the South Island, rain and showers are predicted for the west, with isolated showers in eastern districts.


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