Stellar sun-run broken

It's going to be a rude shock.

After 10 days of glorious sunshine, the country's beach party is about to get rained on.

The stellar run, which has seen the mercury rise well in to the 30s in many places, has nudged records and raised concerns about drought.

But rain is forecast for most of both North and South islands today, with MetService warning of the possibility of severe thunderstorms and heavy downpours along the West Coast.

Heavy rain is also predicted for the ranges of northern Fiordland and Westland, Otago lakes, western Nelson and Mt Taranaki, with up to 90 millimetres expected.

Wet weather in Christchurch will be accompanied by high temperatures, with 28 degrees Celsius picked for the Garden City.

Those worried about the end of the golden weather needn't worry though, with forecasters picking a return to settled fine weather by Waitangi Day.

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