The patch of clear blue skies and warm weather is not hanging around long as a front makes its way to Hawke's Bay this evening.

The period of fine weather is set to come back early next week but the weekend is forecast for scattered rain and a southerly change.

MetService meteorologist Claire Flynn said high cloud would thicken later tonight and northwesterly winds would strengthen as a front moved towards the bay.

"The front will move through the region on Saturday, which brings the scattered rain and southerly change. You will see a high of 18 degrees compared to 23 on Friday."


Sunday will see a few showers "hang around" and the southerlies will also continue to be prominent throughout Hawke's Bay.

Ms Flynn said people could expect slightly cooler temperatures on Sunday with a high of just 15C.

"The weather forecast for the weekend is pretty uniform, as it is coming from the south and the winds are onshore. It comes right across the region and is stopped by the ranges."

The inaugural Havelock North Carnival kicks off tomorrow and Havelock North Business Association marketing manager Aimee Stewart, said they were hoping for fine weather with no wind.

"This is what we have asked the weather gods for and we have heard there is some potential rain about but we do not think it will happen. We live in Hawke's Bay surely it will be a sunny day," Ms Stewart said.

She said the carnival was bigger and better this year with quality food stalls, buskers and live performances on a centralised stage, a busy kids zone and the introduction of the Piece-Makers market and the Havelock Handmade market to the event.

"We have built it up more this year and tried to step it up another notch."

On Monday the fine weather begins to make its return as the southerlies die out and the rain starts to clear.

"Once you get to Tuesday the southerlies and rain will both be gone bringing everyone a mostly fine day with a high of 18 degrees," Ms Flynn said.