The morning may be off to a frosty start for some, but most areas will get fine weather today.

Temperatures dipped to about -6C overnight in Lumsden and Alexandra and -4C in Queenstown.

In the North Island, Taumarunui residents would have likely pulled out an extra blanket as the low was close to -2C and at dawn in Hamilton it was -1C.

However, Metservice meteorologist April Clark said today's forecast isn't looking too bad, but the weather will deteriorate again in the South Island tomorrow.


"It's a good day to get out. It's not too windy either. Sunday's deteriorating so people should make the most of it today."

Apart from a few cloudy periods in the north, the North Island is looking mainly fine.

"Really it's just the East Coast - places like Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay and Gisborne - that are getting significant showers.

"Further south we do have a front approaching but it's really only going to affect the West Coast. A few cloudy periods around Banks Peninsula but they're clearing out as well."

Most of the main centres - including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch - will get temperature highs in the low to mid teens.

Tomorrow, however, the front near the West Coast will move over central New Zealand during the evening, bringing wet weather.

The West Coast will get heavy rain and eastern parts of the South Island scattered falls and increasing cloud, trapping the heat in, meaning temperatures - particularly overnight - should be warmer on Sunday and Monday.

Today's forecast
Whangarei - Partly cloudy, easterlies, 15C high
Auckland - Fine, apart from chance afternoon shower, easterlies, high of 15C
Hamilton - Fine, with early frosts. Light winds and high of 15C
Tauranga - Fine with light winds and 15C high
Wellington - Fine. Light winds, then northerlies developing evening, high of 13C
Christchurch - Fine apart from morning and evening cloud. Northeasterlies becoming strong, 12C high
Dunedin - Fine. Evening high cloud. Northeasterlies becoming strong, high of 9C
(Source: Metservice)