Wet start to the school holidays

A showery start to the school holidays for most will keep the children indoors this morning, but patches of sunshine are expected later in the day.

A weak ridge over New Zealand is moving east today and a northeast flow will develop over the country, the MetService said.

Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel will experience a gloomy Monday, with cloudy periods and scattered showers.

More cloud and isolated light showers will put an early dampener on the east coast from Gisborne to Dunedin, including Wellington and the Canterbury plains, but it should become fine later this morning.

Further south, after a touch of early morning fog, Invercargill can expect a clear but chilly day, with temperatures struggling to reach double digits. 

It's going to be a sunny, settled day in Queenstown for those heading up to the ski fields, but watch out for patches of ice on the roads.

For the remainder of the country expect morning frosts inland, but moving into the rest of the day the sunshine symbols are out in full force.