Spring weather arrives this weekend

By Chloe Winter

Spring-like conditions will return to much of the country over the weekend after this week's cold snap, MetService said.

Rugby fans can expect a few showers in Hamilton for tomorrow night's All Blacks game, but they will be over quickly before moving north.

Temperatures in Christchurch and Napier are expected to hit 18C and some places may enjoy 20C, forecaster Daniel Corbett said.

Sunday would bring a few showers to Wellington by about noon and Canterbury might also get some rain in the evening.

Not everywhere would be warm, with snowfalls expected below 1000 metres in mountainous parts of both islands by the end of the weekend.

Mr Corbett said those who could should enjoy the better weather while it lasted because many people would be "holding onto their hats ... and putting three pegs on their clothes" on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Even at this early stage, it seems reasonably likely that there will be heavy rainfalls on the South Island's West Coast, and gales in eastern places from about Wairarapa southwards," he said.

The strengthening winds were expected to hit parts of Canterbury, Wellington, Wairarapa and possibly Hawkes Bay.


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