A combination of high temperatures and rain has welcomed the start of summer.

The less than pleasant weather conditions are set to continue over the next couple of days, despite the heat.

Tuporo Marsters, MetService Spokesman said a high covering the country would bring a mixed bag of weather over the weekend.

"Usually we think of a high associated with fine weather. However, there will be some moisture in the form of cloud trapped underneath this high, interrupting the sun."


"The high expands over central and northern New Zealand on Saturday but we're expecting more cloud than sunshine as there isn't much wind to blow the cloud away," Mr Marsters said.

Cloudy periods, with a few showers and light winds are expected to round out the week, with a high of 22C in Hastings.

"Tomorrow, cloud persists, with showers clearing and a southeast dying out. The temperature gets up to 19 degrees, so a little bit cooler."

Sunday is the pick of the weekend, with fine spells and the chance shower in the afternoon. There will be light winds and a high of 24C for Hastings.

High temperatures will be a constant throughout the week, as Monday sees a high of 24C and are expected to reach as high as 28C on Wednesday.

November provided a mixed bag for the country, with temperatures fluctuating throughout the month, from unusually cool to extremely warm.

The record-breaking heat experienced towards the end of spring helped provide a drier than normal month for the region.

Hawke's Bay is in store for a hot summer, with highs likely to favour the North Island.

"A relatively warm December is predicted in eastern areas of both Islands, with near-average monthly temperatures elsewhere," Mr Marsters said.