Winter is ready to strike as large weather systems throughout New Zealand create a southerly change this coming weekend, bringing cold wet weather to Hawke's Bay.
WeatherWatch.co.nz predicted in late May that early arctic blast that brought snow to much of the country in early June with a repeat around the middle of the month.
WeatherWatch head weather analyst Phillip Duncan said this fresh cold snap would arrive this weekend.
"By Sunday the cold blast will be pushing northwards and by late Sunday and into Monday all of New Zealand will be affected by the cold southerly flow," he said. "Temperatures have been more like spring or autumn for many regions recently with some WeatherWatch.co.nz readers even reporting blossoms out over the weekend.
The MetService 10-day forecast predicts Napier and Hastings will experience long periods of rain that will last through to next Monday, with temperatures dropping from developing southeasterlies towards the weekend.
The MetService forecast for Thursday and Friday indicate periods of fine spells during the day in the Bay cities but heavy rain and low temperatures will constantly hang over the weekend. The cold blast will hit Napier on Saturday with a low of 3C and 5C on Sunday, while Hastings will record the same chilly mercury readings over the weekend.
Further south Dannevirke will be well within winter's grasp as temperatures barely reach double figures from Saturday on. Overnight temperatures will drop as low as 3C beginning this weekend and rain is forecast for much of next week. Today sees a rainy high of 14C , while tomorrow sees a drop to 12C with similar conditions.
"This southerly will again be another cold nationwide event but we don't currently expect major headaches from it - it looks fairly short-lived although may linger longer in the deep south."
Mr Duncan said by mid-next week another high will be moving in bringing clear skies.
"The cold air that will move in later this weekend and early next week will sink into the valleys for several days after - meaning colder nights are on the way for many areas across next week with daytime highs tumbling a few degrees too."
Napier's forecast for today is periods of heavy rain with a accompanying easterlies, a high of 16C and low of 10C is expected.
Tomorrow a cold southwesterly is due to arrive bringing more rain and low of 6C.
Hastings forecast today will also include heavy rain.
Southwesterlies will pick up tomorrow with a high of 15C dropping to 7C.