Weekend weather is looking mild across the country, but cold creeping in early next week will bring an autumnal feel with it.

After a week of above-average temperatures following Easter Weekend, two cold fronts will bring them back down to what's expected at this time of year.

Most parts of the North Island today were fine with a few cloudy spells, with Hastings and Gisborne basking in a warm 25C.

Tomorrow temperatures are sitting around average in most regions, but it will be slightly warmer than usual across the entire North Island, especially the east, and the very upper South Island.


Tauranga, Gisborne and Napier will be the warmest places to be with the temperature sitting around 25C.

Auckland, Whangarei and Hamilton will hit 23C with some showers.

Metservice meteorologist Claire Flynn said a cold front would reach the lower part of the North Island tomorrow morning, but its strength will have weakened by the time it moves from the South Island.

"It's likely to bring some showers spreading north throughout the day. Ahead of the front it won't be too bad. For the likes of Auckland you'll probably have fine breaks throughout the day and showers in the evening, so not a bad day."

A cool change will brush Canterbury and bring with it a much cooler day- Christchurch drops from today's high of 27C to 16C.

On Sunday North Islanders can expect mostly fine weather with the odd shower left lingering. Temperatures will be in the early teens to early twenties.

"The temperature was above average this week for a few spots, but this cold front is bumping it back to average," Flynn said.

Late Sunday is when Kiwis could start feeling the cold as another cold front moves up from the South Island.


Aucklanders will feel some southwesterly breezes and are looking at 15C overnight.

Northerlies will also develop in Wellington on Sunday and temperatures will sit around 12C in the evening.

On Monday a big portion of the South Island will be 4 to 8 degrees cooler than usual, and Tuesday is when cooler temperatures will hit.

Auckland drops to 11C overnight on Tuesday, Wellington to 8C and Christchurch to 6C.

Main centre weekend forecasts


Fine breaks with showers and a high of 23C on Saturday. On Sunday party cloudy with chance of a shower.

Saturday fine breaks, and chance of evening shower. 23C. Sunday a fine day.

Fine breaks, but an afternoon shower or two. Southwesterlies and a high of 23C. Sunday fine day with southwesterly breezes.

Fine, but chance evening shower or two. Southwesterly breezes with a high of 25C. Cloudy periods, and a morning shower or two on Sunday.

Showers with a late morning southerly change that are clearing late afternoon. A high of 18C. Fine apart from morning and evening cloud on Sunday.

Cloudy with a few showers, becoming fine by afternoon. Southerlies dying out around midday. A high of 16C. Fine with high cloud and rain developing at night on Sunday.

A few late morning showers, then fine. Cloud returning evening. Westerlies and a high of 15C. On Sunday rain developing afternoon, clearing evening.

Fine, apart from morning and evening cloud. Light winds and a high of 16C. Cloud thickening and occasional afternoon rain on Sunday.