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The weather will take a turn for the worse with the remnants of Cyclone June bearing down on the country.
The cyclone, which has come from New Caledonia, will bring rain and strong winds as it crosses the country.
MetService forecaster Elke Louw said the first part of the week would be miserable for many areas in the North and South Islands.
Rain and windy conditions would hit the upper North Island late today and spread to southern and central parts of New Zealand tomorrow.
While heavy swells along the east coast, from Cape Reinga to the Bay of Plenty, were also possible tomorrow, weather conditions were not expected to reach a level where weather warnings would be needed for affected areas, Mrs Louw said.
She recommended those keen to get back outdoors look forward to Friday, when dreary conditions were expected to clear for most of the country.
* Auckland: Showers on Monday and Tuesday, easing by Wednesday.
* Hamilton: Scattered rain on Monday, easing on Tuesday later in the day.
* Wellington: North-westerlies, cloudy conditions on Monday. Rain on Tuesday with heavy falls possible.
* Christchurch: Cloudy with easterlies in the afternoon on Monday. Rain and drizzly conditions on Tuesday.
* Dunedin: Fine on Monday with cloudy, drizzly conditions developing in the afternoon and continuing through to Tuesday.