Fine and freezing weekend forecast

People staying in Palmerston North for the long weekend will need to crank the electric blankets to high, throw on a few more blankets and fill the hot water bottles to keep warm as night-time temperatures approach freezing.

But there is a bright spot, with clear skies forecast to melt the frosts during the day.

MetService meteorologist John Law said a high-pressure system over the area would bring clear skies for the weekend.

But the lack of cloud cover at night would see temperatures drop, with a low of 0 degrees Celsius forecast for tonight, he said.

This would not get much better on Saturday night either, with thermometers likely to read 1C.

Law said the calm conditions would see frosts blanket lawns in the morning, but the sun would quickly warm up the region.

''It will be chilly, but there will be dry days.

''It's always nice to have some sun around for the long weekend.''

Next week would also be good, as most weather activity would be happening towards the top of the North Island, he said.

''It's a pretty good start, but there will be some cloud from time to time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.''

Temperatures are likely to stick below 20C for all of next week.

Manawatu Standard