Forecast is for more chilly weather

TIM DONOGHUE
Last updated 05:00 23/07/2014

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The wintry temperatures look likely to lift slightly today and tomorrow, before another icy southerly front hits Wellington on Friday.

Motorists can expect slippery black ice on the Rimutaka Hill Rd tomorrow morning, according to MetService forecaster Leigh Matheson.

She was not expecting the road to be closed again by snow, as it was overnight on Monday. It reopened about noon yesterday after being closed by 5m to 6cm of snow.

Matheson predicted occasional rain, punctuated by a "fine 12-degree day" tomorrow, to affect the Wellington region through until Saturday.

The temperature is expected to get up to 10 degrees throughout Wellington and the Hutt Valley today and 12C tomorrow and Friday.

But as another southerly pushes through on Friday, temperatures are likely to fall back again on Saturday, perhaps getting to 11C.

Through until Saturday the overnight lows will hover round the 5C to 6C level in Wellington and Lower Hutt.

Weather on the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa would reach a fine 13C tomorrow before southerly showers returned on Friday and Saturday.

It's a similar story for Hawke's Bay for the remainder of the week, with a fine and sunny 15C forecast for tomorrow and Friday.

Rain will return on Friday and Saturday, reducing top temperatures throughout Hawke's Bay on Saturday to about 11C.

Meanwhile, Matheson was predicting further snow to fall on the Desert Road between Waiouru and Turangi last night, before turning to sleet today.

More snow was likely on the road throughout the day on Friday.

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