With Daylight Saving time now in effect, Hawke's Bay can enjoy a bit of extra of sun this week, with temperatures expected to hit 21C today .

Following a weekend of fine weather, MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said this week was looking "pretty good".

"Basically today is going to be fine again, just a bit of high cloud around.

"Then, on Tuesday, it looks like there is a bit of scattered light rain around in the morning then clearing and becoming fine.


"Wednesday and Thursday are just partly cloudy with afternoon showers about the ranges and then Friday is basically just cloud increasing and just a late southerly change that could bring a few showers but overall, it's not looking too bad."

Hawke's Bay could expect "fairly warm" temperatures for the next couple of days at least, Glassey said.

"Today we are going for a high of 21C in Napier and the same for Hastings, and 21C again on Tuesday.

"Things start to get a little bit cooler on Wednesday, just because the wind is coming around from a different direction. So for the next couple of days, we basically have a northwest flow over the North Island, which usually brings quite warm temperatures to those eastern areas but it will be a little bit cooler from Wednesday onwards - but still about 17C or 18C."

Napier and Hastings hit a daytime high of 19C yesterday and the MetService's 10-day forecast is predicting another fine weekend ahead from both Saturday and Sunday.

Hawke's Bay's sunny period was in contrast to the situation in the South Island, where there was heavy rain over the weekend.

"A front brought heavy rain to the western South Island as it moves slowly north. Milford Sound has recorded the most rain with over 190mm so far since the beginning of Saturday," Glassey said.

"The front will move over the North Island on Monday and Tuesday while weakening. Most of the North Island will get some rain with the passage of the front, but eastern areas from Gisborne to Wairarapa should stay mostly dry.


"The trend for fronts to weaken as they move northwards continues later this week with another front moving on to the South Island on Tuesday and another one on Thursday and Friday.

"Both fronts should weaken considerably by the time they reach the North Island. There should also be plenty of fine spells right across the country between the passage of these fronts."