Sustained period of wet weather for NZ

Last updated 17:36 12/04/2014

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It might be time to get the gumboots out as New Zealand braces itself for a sustained period of wet weather.

MetService forecaster David Miller said a low would be moving around the country next week and was likely to bring a lot of rainfall with it.

Worst hit at the start of the week would be be the West Coast, Nelson and Wellington while the rest of the North Island was likely to get a dousing later on.

Miller said the best bet for sun-seekers would be Hawke's Bay or the Wairarapa.

The MetService forecaster was cagey about how Easter Weekend would pan out, however.

"Where [the low] is going to turn up and where that rain distribution is going to be will be a bit clearer in the coming days," Miller said.

"The track for these lows is notoriously hard to forecast, especially a week in advance so it's something we'll have to keep an eye on."

The long-range forecast on website Weatherwatch.co.nz paints a dreary picture for the country's long weekend.

Easter-egg hunts on Good Friday might have to be swiftly followed by hot showers in most regions, with rainfall predicted nationwide.

The South Island looks set to get the worst of it on Saturday but that rain will move through Wellington and up the North Island the following day.

If there's any consolation, Easter Monday is forecast to be dry but Miller warned it was a long way away and tough to make an accurate call.

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