Bright start to spring shortlived

21:46, Sep 03 2014
Wellington weather
SPRING RAIN: It's forecast to get wetter and colder after the bright start to Spring

Get the winter coats back out - rain and possibly even snow is on the way again.

While most of the country has been under the influence of a weak ridge this week, a low over the Tasman Sea is expected to move over the North Island during Friday and Saturday.

MetService said this was likely to bring periods of rain or showers to much of the North Island. On Sunday, a strong cold south to southwest flow was forecast to spread northwards, with a chance of some snow to low levels in the lower South Island.

Today Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty would be hit by some heavy rain, with some isolated squally thunderstorms in the north from this afternoon, MetService said.

Temperatures would remain warm, with a high of 17 degrees Celsius forecast for Auckland and Hamilton.

Palmerston North should make it to 19C, but this would be dampened by the chance of an afternoon shower.

Wellington should see some morning cloud and possibly drizzle, though there would be some fine spells and a high of 15C.

In the South Island, Nelson could expect some morning showers. Christchurch and Dunedin would experience a mixture of cloud and fine spells throughout the day, and Invercargill could expect the odd early shower.