A front whipping up the country is making for a damp Sunday, but conditions are looking good for Anzac Day services tomorrow.

Metservice duty meteorologist Claire Flynn said the front was over Mt Taranaki and the Tararua Ranges, where a weather watch was in place, just after 7am. It had already made its presence felt further south, with downpours in Wellington early this morning.

The upper North Island could expect to feel its force later this morning and early afternoon, Miss Flynn said.

Showers, some heavy, arrived in the city of sails just after 6am. A mild 20 degrees Celsius was expected, as was more rain.


"That front is coming up the North Island so you might get some brief heavy rain from midday or in the early afternoon before it clears."

Showers would be more frequent in Hamilton, where the temperature will reach 19C and the front will also deliver downpours. Wellington will be showery before clearing in the early afternoon, and can expect 18C.

Christchurch and Dunedin will enjoy a sunny day, with temperatures of 17C and 18C respectively.

The rain radar this morning shows the North Island getting drenched. Photo / MetService
The rain radar this morning shows the North Island getting drenched. Photo / MetService

Anzac Day will be fine, albeit brisk, for much of the country, Miss Flynn said.

Only a few showers are expected in the south and west of the South Island.

Auckland and Hamilton will be fine with 21C while Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin can expect 17C. It may feel colder for most though, with a south-westerly wind forecast, she said.

The long weekend weather was typical for the time of year.

"You quite often get fronts moving up the country, just like this, at this time of year."

In Rotorua there was a two vehicle crash at Mourea today has prompted a warning from police about slippery roads after rainfall last night and this morning.

The crash happened at the intersection of Hamurana Rd and State Highway 33 about 10.15am with one of the cars leaving the road and getting stuck in vegetation.

One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Sergeant Jason Shailer of Rotorua police told the Rotorua Daily Post that with the recent dry conditions overnight rain has caused roads to become slippery.

"We're asking the public to take care and drive to the conditions, especially as it is a long weekend and the roads will be busy," he said.

Sergeant Shailer said a tow truck was trying to remove the vehicle from bush on the side of the road.

The road remains open to traffic, but one lane was closed near the accident.