Wild weather on the way
Another brutish spring weather system is on the way for the weekend after strong winds caused power outages on the west coast and closed a wharf near Coromandel this week.
MetService forecaster Dan Corbett said a system of potentially damaging gales and heavy rain hitting the west coast of the South Island today was expected to move north and deliver a spring punch to Waikato.
The wind is expected to strengthen tomorrow, with rain and possibly thundery showers also forecast.
Sunday is not looking much better, with a maximum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius.
Things should be more advanced in Te Kuiti, with drizzle expected to turn to rain today before following a similar pattern to Hamilton.
The same was expected for Tokoroa but it should be drier on the east side of the Coromandel Range.
However, there is light at the end of the damp spring tunnel. The long-range forecast sees a high pressure system start to edge out the rain-laced low pressure system on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, the winds should be light and the sky relatively clear.