The country will enjoy a day of relatively fine weather before the next round of rough weather hits in time for the weekend.

MetService duty forecaster Claire Flynn says a strong westerly flow over New Zealand will bring a mix of showers and sunshine today.

"Places in the west are looking to get showers but in the east it will be mainly fine," she says.

There is also a risk of thunderstorms for western Waikato to Wanganui.


"Not thunderstorms like yesterday but a moderate risk that they could see thunder there."

A strong wind warning remains for Hawkes Bay south of Napier to the Tararua District where westerly winds could reach gales of up to 140km/h.

Auckland can expect a cloudy day with showers throughout the day and a high of 19C.

Wellington is in for a mostly fine day with a little bit of high cloud and gusty northwesterly winds. The temperature is expected to reach 17C.

Christchurch and Dunedin are both in for a sunny day with west to north-west winds.
MetService has issued a strong wind watch for coastal Southland and Dunedin for this morning.

Christchurch is forecast to reach 17C and Dunedin a slightly cooler 13C.

Ms Flynn says the next few days are far from flash with a low pressure system set to move in tomorrow bringing rain at times for all of New Zealand over the next two days.