Cyclone spawn heads this way

Last updated 12:00 21/01/2014

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The weather in Manawatu is set to go from radiant to rubbish.

After sunny skies were dotted with cloud during the weekend, the clouds started to roll in yesterday - and it's about to get a lot worse.

The remnants of Cyclone June, which was born near the Solomon Islands, were due to hit the top of New Zealand last night before heading down the rest of the country.

MetService duty forecaster Liz Walsh said Manawatu and surrounding areas would not dodge the dodgy weather.

Scattered rain would begin today and settle in for about 48 hours.

Strong south-easterly winds would accompany the rain, with thunderstorms in the hills a possibility, she said.

"They could stray towards Palmerston North, but it usually doesn't happen that way.

"People in the city may hear a crack of thunder."

Ms Walsh said the rain would ease to showers by tomorrow afternoon, and the wind would start to die down after changing to south-westerlies.

The rest of the week would see the weather improve before sunny skies on the weekend, she said.

Friday would be a "top day" and that should hold during the weekend.

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- Manawatu Standard

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