Its good news for quake-stricken central New Zealand as wild weather eases, with a mainly fine weekend ahead.

No significant rainfall is forecast for the areas affected by Monday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake, including North Canterbury, Marlborough and Wellington from Saturday through to Tuesday.

A front is set to move onto the lower South Island tonight before weakening and moving away towards the North Island on Saturday.

•Chance of a light frost to kick start the day about the lower South Island.


•Westerlies in some coastal parts of the lower North Island. Brisk at times in the west.
•Strong westerlies about the lower South Island from afternoon.
•Temperatures reaching the mid 20's in the east of the North Island and Marlborough.

•Gusty south-westerly winds about the lower South Island will ease later in the day.