End of the sunny weather

20:44, Jul 30 2013

The curtain looks to be coming down on the lengthy spell of pleasant mid-winter weather being enjoyed by much of the country.

MetService is forecasting easterly gales for exposed parts of Northland tomorrow, possibly becoming severe late tomorrow and early Friday.

Drizzle is expected to turn to rain in the region tomorrow morning. East to northeast gales are also possible in Auckland and Waikato on Friday.

The weekend is threatening to be a washout for the north and east of the North Island, with rain forecast from Friday to Sunday in Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Tauranga, Gisborne and Hawke's Bay.

Waikato is expected to have some rain with gusty easterlies on Friday, easing conditions on Saturday, but then rain again from Sunday through to next Thursday.

Wellington is in line for a damp weekend, with Sunday the worst day, followed by a showery week.

A damp weekend is also expected along the east of the South Island, with the heaviest falls in the north. Invercargill is looking brighter, with sun forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

The rain and wind in the north of the country in the next few days would be caused by a low to the north that was expected to deepen, MetService said. The rain over the weekend would come from a complex trough expected to cross the country at that time.