Rainy but warm in South

A hot sun is shining on Christchurch today but rain is set to hit other parts of the South, including a heavy warning for Westland from later this afternoon.

It'll be another scorcher for many around the country, with temperatures reaching the high 20s for most today, and Canterbury expected to tip 30degC.
By 1.30pm today, Christchurch was sweltering on 32degC and would only cool off slightly at the weekend, with an expected high of 31degC tomorrow and 30degC on Sunday. 
There will be relief for farmers on the West Coast, with heavy rain set to fall from 4pm today. Westland, from south of Hokitika, was under a MetService severe weather warning until tomorrow afternoon, and a severe weather watch for rain was in place for Fiordland.
Showers forecast for Otago and North Otago would develop into scattered rain later today. Clutha and Southland would also get rain.

MetService said Dunedin had a forecast high of 25degC today with a few spots of rain possible. The weekend would bring rain however, with 29degC expected tomorrow and 21degC on Sunday.

In Central Otago, Alexandra will be warm but wet over the next three days, with a forecast high of 26degC today, 28degC tomorrow before dropping to 24degC on Sunday.

It's a rainy and cooler three days from today for Queenstown, the resort expected to reach 22degC today, 24degC tomorrow and 21degC on Sunday.

It's much the same story for Wanaka, set to reach 24degC today, 25degC tomorrow and Sunday will have a high of 23degC.

Get the umbrellas out also in Oamaru over the next three days - but it will be warm - with 27degC forecast today, 22degC tomorrow and 24degC on Sunday.

It'll be a wet weekend too in Invercargill, set to reach 23degC today before the mercury inches higher to 26degC tomorrow before dropping back to just 18degC on Sunday.

The South Island between Nelson and South Canterbury would remain dry today. Canterbury could also expect a few wet spells at the weekend.

Grey clouds over the Crown Range late this morning. Photo: MetService
Grey clouds over the Crown Range late this morning. Photo: MetService

North Island

North Islanders, north of Taranaki to East Cape around the Kapiti Coast, could expect "one or two" isolated but insignificant showers over the weekend.

The showers would hang around in the west of the North Island, between Taranaki and Northland, on Sunday before clearing in the afternoon.

Auckland was forecast to hit a high of 24degC today and tomorrow, with minimal cloud.

Wellington would be slightly cooler, with temperatures in the early twenties. The capital was forecast to hit a high of 23degC today and tomorrow would be 21degC with plenty of sun around.

Meteorologist Andy Best said showers were forecast from today from Mt Ruapehu to Northland, but they would be sporadic and not result in anything significant.

The East Coast would remain dry from Gisborne to Wairarapa.

- ODT online, NZ Herald

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