Wellington has been through the worst of it, with weather due to improve over the weekend, MetService says.
Spokesman Daniel Corbett said the stronger winds felt across the region were now easing away, and rain would turn to showers on Saturday and Sunday.
"We'll be waking up to temperatures of about 5 or 6 degrees in the morning. Folks will step outside, maybe thinking to grab the paper and hoping for spots of sunshine. It won't be that just yet, we're looking at grey skies."
Temperatures would reach about 9 degrees Celsius but feel much colder, while Wairarapa and further up the Kapiti Coast would have slightly rougher conditions tomorrow.
By Sunday there would be enough dry patches for people to resume their planned activities, Mr Corbett said.
"If it's a picnic in the park with your teddy bears then don't keep those plans, don't go outside. But a bit of DIY to tidy up those tree branches and those sorts of things can be planned for Sunday."
Hawke's Bay should brace itself as the "rain curlicue" moved up from Wellington and travelled north across Wairarapa, he said.
"It's like the spoke of a bicycle wheel. It'll move through tomorrow and flit up to parts of the central plateau."
By Monday, Wellington and the lower North Island would be in for some sunshine as things settle down for most of next week.
"But you'll still need to keep that coat handy."
- The Dominion Post
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