Wall-to-wall sunshine for Manawatu, but...

SUNNY DAYS: Cold nights make for beautiful days in the coming week.
SUNNY DAYS: Cold nights make for beautiful days in the coming week.

Nine days in a row of fine weather is forecast for Palmerston North, but autumn morning chills will keep thoughts of a swim to the back of the mind.

Wall-to-wall sunshine is currently being forecast by MetService from Monday to Saturday next week, after a cloudy but rain-free weekend.

MetService meteorologist John Law said anything past Wednesday needed to be taken with a pinch of salt but all the signs were looking good.

"The basic prognosis is that it will be nice weather with light south-westerlies right the way up to Wednesday.

"There is a weak front pushing over from the west tomorrow but that will have decayed so much by the time it's got to you it's really unlikely there will be any rain."

With clearer skies around over the next week, night time temperatures would likely be in single figures, Law said.

Maximum temperatures during the day would be lower than the sweltering highs that came over Manawatu in late February, sticking between a "comfortable" 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, Law said.

"It's really good conditions, even though it's cold at night it's a lot easier to wrap up against the cold than try to avoid those stifling nights."

Manawatu Standard