Weather watch: Wet west but easy east

19:14, Jun 23 2014

A light entree of rain is about to be served up for western parts of New Zealand today so the further east you are the better.

The South Island's West Coast will see drizzle develop into rain which is likely to stay around for the next week or so, MetService said.

The rain will also hit Nelson and Tasman, as well as most of Taranaki this afternoon as a front moves in from the west.

Other areas of the country will receive a much more settled winter day.

Auckland through to Tauranga will have long spells of sunshine and a warm northerly pushing temperatures up to 17 degrees Celsius, with a low of 12C.

Through the central North Island there will be spots of drizzle for places such as Taupo and Rotorua.

Hawke's Bay will have a cold start to the day but sunshine will beam on into the afternoon and bring highs of 17C for Gisborne and Napier/Hastings.

There will be showers and winds will become strong for Kapiti and Wellington but further up both SH1 and SH2, in Manawatu and Wairarapa, it will be much calmer, as cloud mixes with fine spells and a high of 17C.

Eastern parts of the South Island from Marlborough all the way through to Dunedin will see a mostly fine day, with it getting colder the further south you go and winds strengthening for most after lunch.

Queenstown will get the tail end of the rain sweeping in over the West Coast and winds will increase into the afternoon.

The Deep South is in for a cold and overcast day, with Invercargill struggling to reach double figure temperatures for most of the day.