Sunny spell ends, rain moves in

Last updated 07:05 04/02/2013
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Like clockwork – 10 days after MetService forecast 10 days of sunshine it ends today with rain and wind.

Rain is forecast over much of New Zealand today, bringing an end to an exceptional period of warm, fine weather.

It is sure to be welcomed by farmers and growers who have been nearing drought conditions – especially in Hawke’s Bay which has periods of rain forecast through until at least Friday.

In Wellington, developing rain is forecast for today with the chance of heavy falls and a strong gusty northerly. It would though stay warm, with a maximum temperature of 23degC.

A southerly blowing up the country was passing through Dunedin around 2pm, and was due into Wellington about 10pm, MetService media and communications meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.

MetService also raised the possibility of strong northwesterly winds about Wellington and Wairarapa ahead of the southerly.

"It usually tends to peak just before the cold front of the southerly change comes through," Corbett said.

By mid-afternoon winds were gusting up to 80kmh in Wellington.

Wellington would see more rain and the wind turning to the south tomorrow, with the temperature reaching a high of about 17degC.

But that will be followed by seven days of sunny weather, according to MetService’s long range forecast.

The Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North, and Whanganui had similar forecasts, as did Masterton – though some showers were forecast there for Friday.

KiwiRail spokeswoman Sophie Lee said trains on the Johnsonville line were running about 10 minutes late this morning due to slippery conditions caused by the rain.

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