Blue Bay skies tipped

By Corey Charlton

With the worst of the country's recent bad weather missing Hawke's Bay, the region is set for some "blue skies and passing cloud" for the remainder of the week.

Rain this month has given a welcome boost to farmers after a long summer of drought conditions, with rainfall in some areas now likely to be the first above monthly average since August last year, but the weather is now expected to fine.

While some parts of the North Island endured weekend flooding and tornadoes, Hawke's Bay avoided the worst of it.

"Looking into the extent of the rains, we're basically going into the clearing trend now," MetService duty forecaster Liz Walsh said. "The flow has turned westerly over the North Island, which means we're going into a more showery regime and the risk of thunderstorms has lessened."

Recent rain was expected to start clearing today and remain fine up to the weekend.

"It's basically a westerly flow with fine weather, so it's going to be relatively dry," she said.

"There could be some showers by the ranges possibly, but the outlook is better."

MetService figures on Sunday showed rain had been recorded on 10 days in Hastings this month, providing about 80mm. The historic average April rainfall for Hastings is 87mm. Rain had fallen on nine days in Napier, the total now being just short of the city's April average of 68mm.

Hastings is expected to reach highs of 23C and 24C today and tomorrow respectively, kickstarting the warmer week before registering highs in the early 20s up until Saturday. Napier is almost identical, with longer-range forecasts anticipating the warm weather to continue well into next week.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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