After a brief sunny interlude, the weather is set to turn sour again as gales and heavy rain return to the lower North Island this weekend.
MetService forecaster Dan Corbett said the weekend's ''unsettled theme'' was down to a pair of active troughs bringing spells of wind and rain later tonight.
The first trough would pass across the country overnight followed by second trough on Sunday afternoon.
Westerly gales are expected to develop over the lower North Island tomorrow morning and ease during the night. The gales will become severe for a time about central Hawkes Bay south of Hastings and Wairarapa - especially in the Tararua district, from late tomorrow morning until tomorrow night.
Wellington, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay would get sporadic showers while there was a severe rainfall in place for the Tararua ranges through Saturday.
- Saturday: Mostly fine, but evening cloud with a chance of shower. 15C/9C.
Strong gusty northwesterlies, changing southwest later in the evening.
- Sunday: A few morning showers, but rain developing in the evening. 13C/8C.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Do you intentionally buy organic food?Related story: Wellingtonians driving organic food mainstream