Following days of chilly temperatures and rainy days, Hawke's Bay can expect to see things warn up again this week but try not to expect that to last very long, the MetService says.

Last week, 43.4mm of rain fell in Napier, while temperatures struggled to make it to 20C all over the region. However, MetService forecasts show things are warming up.

It will be warm but wet today, before the sun makes itself known once again midweek.

Today's rain is expected to clear by 2pm, and although it will be wet, daytime temperatures should reach about 24C.


MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes said the immediate forecast for the start of the week showed Hawke's Bay would be relatively better off than elsewhere in New Zealand, with temperatures in the mid 20s for most of the week.

"We can sum the week up in terms of a dynamic week in term of weather. Basically, what we have is a dynamic set up with a couple of fronts pushing over the country from today and that means brief bursts of rain.

"For Hawke's Bay itself, these will be quite brief because it's quite sheltered by the ranges to the west. Then behind that we have showery conditions but because of those western ranges, Hawke's Bay will be partly cloudy at times but actually it's quite well placed to have quite a nice week.

"Luckily, the worst of the weather was at the start of the week, so there's certainly an improving trend from today onwards. Of course, the weather is cooling down (generally) which was probably felt quite strongly last week but things are on the up for Hawke's Bay."

Temperatures would hover around the mid 20s for most of the week, he said.

"It really does keep Hawke's Bay quite well poised to be a bit smug and happy in the week, when a lot of the main centres will be feeling a bit wetter and bit more gloomy."

However, there might not be too much more to shout about weatherwise, as New Zealand heads deeper into autumn.

"That basically means that the way the westerlies are tracking means that we have a tendency to get winds that come more from the south, which is why temperatures steadily cool down.

"Unfortunately that's just the way things are. Things get cooler from here on in."