The chaotic weather is set to continue but Hawke's Bay is temporarily withdrawn from the front lines of the latest winter barrage that left the region drenched over the past few days, as a high rolls in for the remainder of the week.
WeatherWatch said the region, which struggled to reach double digits yesterday and over the weekend, could be back to the mid-teens as early as tomorrow. However, cold temperatures will remain today before the southeasterlies ease. Highs of 12C and 11C in Napier and Hastings can be expected.
Yesterday, the cold bite continued as highs reached just 8C between 1-2pm in Napier and Hastings, but MetService said the strong cold southwesterly made it feel much colder.
A peak wind gust of 35km/h was recorded in Napier about 2pm. The heavy showers that were forecast never arrived, with just 1.6mm of rain falling in Napier and 1.5mm in Hastings.
Head weather analyst Phillip Duncan said: "In true chaotic fashion, the wintry weather today will give way to warmer weather later this week and early next week.
That then again gives way to yet another cold southwest change late next week."
After what was a miserable weekend of heavy rain and icy winds, MetService forecast Napier will reach a sunny high of 17C tomorrow, which will be the consistent daytime high until Monday. Hastings will receive much of the same, with daytime highs hovering at 16-17C.
WeatherWatch indicates a ridge of high pressure will push into many parts of the country over the coming days, especially the North Island.
MetService lifted their severe weather warnings for Hawke's Bay yesterday morning. The report said: "Periods of rain or showers are expected to continue in northern Hawke's Bay through today and much of tomorrow, and another 50-70mm may accumulate in this time. However, these amounts don't justify a continuation of the warning and this is lifted."
The heavy rain warning for the hills of Hawke's Bay north of Wairoa was also lifted.
Hawke's Bay Civil Defence said yesterday the Napier-Taihape road remained closed on the Rangitikei side, due to heavy snowfall.
A short, sharp, front over Tasmania later this week will likely help spawn a new low in the Tasman Sea this coming weekend.
"This is what we mean when we say we have a chaotic weather pattern this winter. We can get the big southerlies but also big warm, wet lows" said Mr Duncan.
The long-range MetService forecast shows Hawke's Bay will be spared the worst of next week's cold snap, although southwesterlies will reduce the temperature to about 14C and 13C in Napier and Hastings respectively, with accompanying showers.
Mr Duncan believes July's mix of warm and cold weather will continue into August. "Some winters we have weeks of mainly one wind direction, but this winter has been very mixed up with warm northerly rain events and rough southerly blasts." In the capital yesterday, winds reached 146km/h and a storm warning was in force for Cook Strait, with swells reaching up to 5 metres.
On Sunday, the Interislander and Bluebridge ferry passenger sailings were cancelled.