Easter weather looks settled for most of the country after a wild and stormy start which left some communities still picking up the pieces yesterday.

While the clean-up in the worst-affected areas was likely to continue, the worst of the weather is thought to be behind us.

The MetService forecast indicated Auckland would be warm, with highs of 24C today and tomorrow. Wellington was forecast to be slightly cooler, with a high of 21C on Sunday and Monday, but mostly fine.

Nelson had only a little bit of rain forecast for Monday evening.


The high winds and heavy rain which lashed parts of the country on Wednesday night left behind a trail of damage.

It caused widespread flooding, cut power to thousands, caused chaos on the roads and led the Westland District Council to declare a state of emergency when the Waiho River burst its banks 700m north of Franz Josef town.

Outlook for the long weekend


Today: H 24C, L 16C. Fine spells.

Tomorrow: H 24C, L 15C. Fine spells, possible shower.

Monday: H 23C, L 16C. Cloudy periods, possible shower.


Today: H 25C, L 13C. Mostly sunny.

Tomorrow: H 24C, L 11C. Mostly sunny, chance of afternoon shower.

Monday: H 24C, L 11C. Cloudy periods, possible shower.


Today: H 17C, L 11C. Mostly sunny.

Tomorrow: H 21C, L 15C. Long fine spells.

Monday: H 21C, L 13C. Fine at first, few late showers.