Hawke's Bay will be blessed with a breezy northwesterly and fine days, while the rest of the country freezes in icy showers and snow.

MetService recorded Napier as the warmest town in New Zealand by mid-afternoon yesterday, as a strengthening westerly brought temperatures up to 14.3C. Today's forecast for Napier and Hastings is for a fine day with increasing high cloud and a freshening northwesterly.

The warm winds will ensure the twin cities enjoy a winter high of 16C today, with a comfortable overnight low of 8C that is well received after the sub zero temperatures during the past weekend.

Brief morning rain will greet Bay residents travelling to work tomorrow, before an otherwise fine day emerges with a high of 16C and northwesterly winds.

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MetService forecasts that the cold arrives again on Wednesday, as a southerly change brings showers and a chance of some scattered hail storms that will keep the daytime high at only 13C and drop the overnight low to 2C.

The MetService long range forecast will however please those who like to spend their time outdoors, with fine days, little wind and highs of 16C projected for this weekend.