The weather gods will deliver a mixed bag to Hawke's Bay over the next few days in typical and true spring fashion.

MetService meteorologist April Clarke said the region would have a bit of everything, with rain, sun, cloud and a variety of temperatures.

"Wednesday will not be as good as Tuesday but in saying that it still won't be too bad."

She said there would be spots of rain and thin high cloud for the urban areas and heavier falls about the ranges.


A high of 23C is expected today but this temperature is set to drop tomorrow when a southerly approaches the region.

"It cools off a bit with a high of 19C on Thursday but the rain that was about disappears and it is a fine spring day."

On Friday the rain returns and the temperatures remain in the high teens, as a front from the west moves over Hawke's Bay.

"There will be thick high cloud and as it gets thicker the rain will fall. It will not feel sunny like Thursday and the southerlies that were about change to northerlies."

Ms Clarke said the weekend was looking like the worst two days of the week with periods of rain and even colder temperatures expected.

"Southwesterlies come again on Saturday behind the front, bringing rain and a high of just 16C."

Sunday is forecast to be similar with periods of rain but the temperature rises slightly to 18.

This was not good news for the Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival with the rain set to fall on its closing weekend.

The festival was set up in heavy rain two weeks ago, which festival director Pitsch Leiser said had provided some difficulties.

The group down at the Spiegeltent and festival garden will be crossing their fingers and toes in hope that the final weekend maybe less of a wet one.