Ten days of sunshine forecast for Wellington
Ladies safe to bring out their hats for the Cup
The forecast for Saturday's Wellington Cup is spectacular - and the capital will be enjoying sun for more than week with not a gale in sight.
Wellington stands out, but the whole country is in for a golden run thanks to a "big, fat area of high pressure" building over New Zealand, according to MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett.
"This one will build and it will sit in place," he said today.
"It's like a big mountain of air sitting over New Zealand. That's why the forecast is just looking spectacular."
It was difficult to pick the best spot to be in the country this weekend, he said.
"The high is pretty good and it covers most of the country. Everywhere is going to be good," Corbett said.
"If people want to be up in the mountains tramping that will be nice, if they want to be out in the boat that should be nice too.
"It's just perfect weather for the outdoors - just get out the barbecue or pop the tent on the beach and make the most of it."
The warm weather in Wellington was forecast to stick around until the middle of next week.
"We haven't had a big fat high this summer in Wellington. We've had some northerlies...
"You know with its like in Wellington, if you see one day with sunny conditions you grab it and make the most of it."
Inland areas in the North Island should expect temperatures well into the mid-20s, while in Auckland the forecast was for 26 degrees Celsius today and temperatures in the mid-20s for the weekend.
In the deep south, Invercargill was forecast to hit 27C tomorrow with Alexandra due for 30C.
Christchurch - where hot and windy conditions have led to damaging scrub fires in recent weeks - could also expect warm weather.
"They have concerns about those warm dry northwesters down there but it looks like they won't have any of those for awhile," Corbett said.
"It's coolish there today and then they'll warm up by the weekend with some temperatures in the mid-20s."
Gisborne, the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands could expect some passing showers over the next day or so but Corbett said after that weather was looking good.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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