Spring looks like it's staying

By Patrick O'Sullivan

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Royil Graham and Rapaira Wilson of Hastings make the most of the region's return to spring by fishing at Napier's Iron Pot in Ahuriri on Sunday. Photo / Warren Buckland
Royil Graham and Rapaira Wilson of Hastings make the most of the region's return to spring by fishing at Napier's Iron Pot in Ahuriri on Sunday. Photo / Warren Buckland

Spring has sprung back this week with warmer temperatures in the mid-to-high teens and clear skies today and tomorrow, following last week's icy blast.

"That is quite significantly warmer than what Hawke's Bay has had," MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said.

Today's high is forecast to be 18 degrees, a welcome change from last week's highs when they struggled to reach double digits in both Hastings and Napier.

Today and tomorrow are the days to catch up on washing, with sunny weather forecast.

With few breezes about, temperatures will drop overnight and sheltered places could experience frost tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow was expected to be predominantly fine "but there could be a little bit more cloud coming in".

The cloud was ahead of a front moving from the South Island, which would mostly affect the western areas of the North Island with rain or showers.

"Hawke's Bay should be pretty sheltered from that but there might be a bit of cloud spreading across.

"Wednesday and Thursday looks like there will be cloudy periods with a period of showers, most likely on Thursday but there is a chance of showers on Wednesday as well.

"The overall front that is moving across is relatively weak and we are not expecting it to bring severe weather to any parts of the country," he said.

"Looking ahead to Friday, it is not looking too bad. There is a north-easterly flow developing over the country and a more significant front is moving on the country, probably bringing some rain late in the day."

Last week Hawke's Bay escaped swells of up to 6m battering both coasts of New Zealand, brought by gale-force winds from the Southern Ocean.

MetService issued a marine warning for south of Cape Kidnappers and east of Mohaka but, with the swell from the south-west and Hawke's Bay facing north-east, the region was protected.

While it was sheltered from the icy blast, Mr Glassey said Hawke's Bay was one of the last places for it to leave.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council engineering manager Craig Goodier said the Bay was a lot more vulnerable to north-easterly swells but the blast was a noteworthy weather event because temperatures plummeted and it affected the whole country.

Federated Farmers Hawke's Bay president Will Foley said farmers would have been affected but he had received little feedback on lambing losses and hoped winter was "over and done with".

"I know the guys in northern and higher-altitude areas weren't quite into their lambing - a lot start in the middle in September," he said.

"They hopefully dodged a bullet and we can now get some good weather."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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