Warm, settled weather predicted for rest of week

New Zealanders can expect fine and settled weather over the next few days as one high replaces another, Metservice forecasters predict.

"This will make a welcome change from the active troughs over the past few weeks,'' MetService media and communications meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.

Warm northwesterlies are set to return in the east from Central Hawke's Bay to Canterbury, pushing temperatures into the high 20s and possibly the low 30s for some inland places, Corbett said.

Auckland won't be quite as warm but can expect temperatures in the mid-20s.

Things will cool down later in the week as a cold front makes its way up the country on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing heavy rain to the West Coast and showers in the east.

However, the front will have weakened by the time it reaches the North Island on Thursday.

Outside of New Zealand, Tropical Garry, which has had Samoa on alert, will be moving across the Pacific towards the Cook Islands.

While the cyclone is drifting southeast at a speed of 10-15km, it is something the Cook Islands and French Polynesia will want to monitor, he said.

"Cyclones are like bulls in china shops, they tend to do what they want to. A fluctuation to the left or to the right could put either one of them in the path.''

The storm will be strengthening from a category one to a category three over the next day or two, said Corbett.

- nzherald.co.nz

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