The worst of the wet weather is clearing with fine dry conditions forecast for the rest of the week.

Rain is due to hit central North Island this evening dying down to showers north of the country into Auckland, but once cleared tomorrow morning the weather is look promising.

MetService meteorologist Ciaran Doolin said there was a high ridge of pressure building behind the fronts covering the country at the moment and this indicated light winds and clear skies were coming.

"Pretty much all the South Island is going to be fine tomorrow and the trend for the North Island is to improve through the course of the day."


The forecast was positive heading into the weekend with the rain staying away in most places.

"It should be pretty much fine weather going forward into the weekend ... There's going to be lots of places over the next few days which should be nice."

With the weather looking good around the country, he said it was difficult to pick the best place to be.

Main centres high forecast temperatures for Wednesday

Whangarai - 22C
A few showers clearing afternoon

Auckland - 20C
Rain clearing morning, fine spells

Hamilton - 20C
Rain developing afternoon, chance heavy

Tauranga - 23C
Cloud increasing, chance shower

Wellington - 15C
Cloudy periods, showers from afternoon

Christchurch - 16C
Early showers, then fine

Queenstown - 16C
Morning cloud then fine spells

Invercargill - 15C
Showers becoming fewer

Source: MetService