Hawke's Bay is being spared a wet weather warning in place for other areas but will experience rain throughout the weekend, according to weather agency MetService.

The warning was for rain including thunderstorms in western areas and galeforce winds in places from Canterbury to Wairarapa, but in Hawke's Bay the forecast was for rain about the ranges and scattered falls elsewhere.

After small amounts of rain yesterday, most of Hawke's Bay north of Hastings and on the Central Hawke's Bay coast were below average rainfalls for the year to date, despite heavy rain last month.

In Hastings, where the second day of racing's Hawke's Bay Spring Carnival features the $200,000 Windsor Park Plate and the $70,000 Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the forecast was for high cloud and brief rain.


The big weekend event in Napier is the Home and Garden Show at McLean Park.