Spring brings on the sun

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 07:27 01/09/2014
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MELTING THE ICE: Reuben Francis, 5, of Wellington, enjoys the last day of winter at Raumati beach as we head into the first day of spring.

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Wellington rolls into spring today on a long stretch of sun.

Three months of spring begin today, after three straight days of sun saw winter out in Wellington.

MetService is predicting the sun will stick around until Thursday, with temperatures reaching 14 degrees each day.

A similarly glorious week was expected in Whanganui and Manawatu, except for the chance of showers this morning in Palmerston North.

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Taupo would be largely sunny this week with the exception of rain possible this morning.

Napier starts off the week with rain and wind, with some sun poking through on Wednesday and Thursday.

But things look a little hairier further north, with more heavy rain for the upper North Island.

A severe weather warning for Northland has been lifted following downpours over the weekend.

MetService said further bursts of heavy rain were expected in the Coromandel Peninsula and northern parts of Auckland this morning.

A watch was in place for the possibility of severe levels of rainfall in these areas.

A low is now forecast to move southeastwards, with heavy rain setting in in Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay, where rain is likely to persist through Tuesday. 

Up to 130mm of rain could fall until Tuesday morning, with further heavy rain likely after that time.

People are advised that heavy rain can cause rivers to rise rapidly, with surface flooding possible in low lying areas.

In the South Island, Nelson and Blenheim look to be the best of the bunch, with highs forecast of 16 and 15 degrees.

Morning cloud is likely to make an appearance in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill, but should burn off to reveal a fine day. 

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- The Dominion Post

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