Wrap up Wellington, snow in the hills means it's staying cold all weekend

The Orongorongo range with Hataitai in foreground.
KEVIN STENT/ FAIRFAX NZ

The Orongorongo range with Hataitai in foreground.

Snow on the hills above the capital on Saturday has sent a simple message – Wellingtonians need to dress for the single digits this weekend.

The lower North Island may have escaped the heavy snow dumps and icy blasts that have hit the South Island, but there is still a distinct wintery chill in the air which is set to carry through into Sunday.

MetService is forecastings a low of 6 degrees overnight on Saturday, rising to a high of just 10 deg on Sunday.

Snow on the Orongorongos, with an Air New Zealand plane flying in over Wellington's Evan's Bay on Saturday.
JONATHAN DALLIMORE

Snow on the Orongorongos, with an Air New Zealand plane flying in over Wellington's Evan's Bay on Saturday.

Further north, Saturday night will be even colder in Dannevirke, which is expecting a 1 deg minimum followed by a high of 9 deg on Sunday.

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The good news is that the rain is expected to stay away from much of the lower North Island for the remainder of the weekend.

A cold and wet Saturday in Hawke's Bay should morph into a fine and mild Sunday with a highs in the region expected to be around 12 or 13 deg.

The Saturday night low in Napier and Hastings will be about 4 deg.

Masterton, however, can expect a couple of centimetres of rain on Sunday, with fresh south-westerlies that are likely to make the forecase high of 10 deg seem much lower for anyone venturing out.

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