Fine Monday for most

22:12, Aug 24 2014

A fine spell stretching well into the week is being predicted for much of the country, with most areas getting off to a dry start today.

The main exception this morning to the otherwise good weather news is the east of the North Island, south of Gisborne and including Wellington.

That area was mostly cloudy with patchy drizzle which should clear from Wellington during the morning, MetService said.

The eastern side of the South Island was expected to be mostly cloudy with a few showers towards the south from this afternoon. Buller could also be in for some patchy drizzle.

The top half of the North Island looks like the place to be today, with morning cloud clearing, southeasterlies dying and a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius expected in Auckland. Tauranga and Hamilton are both expected to get sunshine and light winds.

Dry conditions are being forecast until Thursday, although cloud will be in some areas at some times.

For Friday the prediction, at this stage, is for drizzle developing from Northland to Bay of Plenty, turning to rain in the far north later. Elsewhere the fine weather could continue.