Cloud set to blanket much of the South Island on Tuesday
Overcast skies are set to hang over most southern centres on Tuesday as autumn sets in.
Clouds were expected to gather over Christchurch and light rain was forecast to fall in the early afternoon.
A cold morning should warm towards an expected high of 16 degrees Celsius. Winds should turn to the east in the afternoon, before a drizzly Wednesday.
Further south, Dunedin could expect similar conditions with clouds lingering throughout the day.
Showers in the morning should turn to drizzle in the afternoon as the southerly eases. A high of 16C was forecast for the city, warming later in the week.
On the West Coast, light rain was forecast to wet the region as westerly winds die out, with heavier showers forecast for Westport. A high of 20C for Greymouth and Westport.
Cloud cover in Nelson should mar an otherwise fine day as southwesterly winds die out across the region.
A high of 22C should peak shortly after lunchtime, with a warmer Wednesday expected.
The sun should battle to shine in Blenheim as dense clouds cover the region. Easterly winds should die out. Temperatures were forecast to reach 21C in the early afternoon.