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Nikki Preston is a Herald reporter based in Hamilton.

Sunshine to settle in most areas until at least weekend, MetService says

The sun is coming and it's expected to hang round in most areas for the week, the MetService says.

Only areas in the East Coast of the North and South Islands along with the central high country, can expect a few showers heading into the working week.

Temperatures in Auckland were expected to reach a high of 24C on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday would be mostly fine for the mid to upper parts of the North Island.

Meteorologist Ravi Kendulasaid although Auckland was this morning experiencing a few showers they would peter out and the sun would take over the reins for the rest of the week.

The only areas to expect a few showers today and Tuesday will be Banks Peninsula and the North Island's East Coast, including Hawke's Bay and Gisborne, which will be on the receiving end of the front that moved up from the South Island.

There could also be a few showers in the central high country but all other North Island towns should expect to see blue skies today and the rain should stay away until after the weekend.

"Before we were just getting moist rain-making north-easterlies whereas the low marks a change coming and now it's westerlies," MetService meteorologist April Clark said.

She described the recent drenching as an "exceptional" event.

"They are exceptional statistical facts, they do happen but not that often."

West Auckland took a hammering on Sunday recording an intense rainfall of up to 49mm between 11am and noon.

It was a startling end to a week of wet weather in most of the North Island with Northland, East and South Auckland, and the Coromandel all feeling the brunt of the heavy rain.

But Clark said although the downpour in West Auckland was intense, with the MetService classing a rainfall of 6mm or more in an hour as heavy, the Coromandel Ranges recorded a similar rainfall of 42.5mm on Friday night between 9pm and 10pm.

The rain was also more consistent in the Coromandel and Northland last week with both regions being hit for longer periods.

"Things are drying out and it ends with a bang, basically. The big rainfall and then it moves past and it should be drying out, hopefully."

- NZ Herald

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