Early taste of summer weather

00:58, Jul 29 2014

It may be time to grab your togs and reacquaint yourself with the beach, because a premature summer is on its way for parts of the country this week.

Eastern areas are set to be rescued from the grips of winter, with temperatures soaring to the high teens, and possibly even exceeding 20 degrees Celsius in Napier and Hastings, MetService said.

The week will be a tale of two coasts, however - a severe weather watch has been issued for rain in parts of Westland and Buller today, with the deluge expected to continue into the afternoon.

The West Coast will need to prepare for a week of wintery misery, with MetService potentially issuing a severe weather watch for more heavy rain tomorrow. Inland parts of Canterbury and Otago may also need to prepare for gales tomorrow.

Forecasters are predicting temperatures of at least 18C for most of the North Island later this week, with a slightly less ambitious 15C expected for Wellington and New Plymouth.

Temperatures are expected to reach at least 15C in most parts of the South Island, with the exception of the west coast and Queenstown, which will remain chilly today.