Yet another wet weekend on the horizon

The weather gods are conspiring against Nelson weekends, with yet another damp, blustery Saturday and Sunday forecast to end the current week.

Nelson weather forecaster John Mathieson said it was early days yet, but a ridge of high pressure expected to drift over Nelson on Thursday evening into Friday would be chased by a deepening low towards the far south near nightfall.

"This system contains a fast-moving cold front which appears to threaten cloud and gusty northerly winds across Nelson on Saturday," Mr Mathieson said.

Sunday was not looking much brighter with heavy showers expected towards the western ranges, but sunny in eastern areas. Winds would likely be fickle between north-northwest and west later, and likely to freshen periodically during the day, Mr Mathieson said.

As for today, isolated heavy showers were expected to develop over Nelson from mid-afternoon into dusk, mainly about the local hills with a risk once again of isolated hail and thunder.

The only bright spot in the week appeared to be Thursday, which was expected to be mostly fine with coastal afternoon sea breezes, but isolated showers over the ranges in the afternoon and evening.

The Nelson Mail