Storm remnants moving away, Easter weather improving
The storm of the past day or so was having its last gasp in some eastern areas early Friday, ahead of a spell of okay weather for Easter.
Some decent rain fell in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne after midnight but most places had a quiet night ahead of a likely run of dry days.
People spending their break in Auckland and Northland look to have a good chance of four warm, dry days, without any replay of the gusts that topped 100kmh in some areas bringing down trees and powerlines. The country's largest city is expected to reach 25 degrees Celsius on Friday, with only a chance of a shower. Temperatures are also expected to be in the mid-20s for the rest of the holiday.
Friday isn't so good in the capital, with Wellington having some early drizzle. MetService expects the city to stay cloudy through the day and southerlies to keep the high to just 16C. The next three days should be dry and warmer.
Christchurch is also in for a cool Friday with a 16C high. It should warm up during the next few days and there's a chance of some late showers on Monday.
After the deluge which brought 145mm of rain, Nelson has four days with plenty of sunshine to look forward to, along with highs in the low-20s.
Blenheim, which picked up more than 50mm of rain after a long, largely dry spell, also looks to be heading into a sunny Easter, with the added benefit of highs in the mid-20s on Sunday and Monday.
In Westport, where 90mm fell during the storm, some showers are still possible over the break but it should be mostly dry, with little wind and highs around 20C.
Hamilton could have some showers on Friday and in Tauranga the showers might even last into Saturday, but both centres should do all right over Easter, with highs in the mid-20s.
New Plymouth is likely to be mostly dry over the break with highs in the low-20s, while Napier may not see off the last of the showers until Saturday.
Dunedin has a risk of showers from Sunday evening, while Friday should be cool with a high of 16C high, with the rest of the break being a few degrees warmer.
Queenstown is looking all right for the break, starting with a sunny 21C on Friday but it could be a little cooler by Monday.