Wrap up warm today New Zealand, it's chilly outside.

For Auckland, MetService recorded a dip to 3C overnight - one of the region's coldest nights so far this year.

Drivers are being warned to take extra care travelling to work as frost and fog is expected, particularly in the Waikato region.

But despite the chill, the sunny weather is sticking around for most of the North Island, which will get light winds and a high of 15C throughout the day.


For the South Island, it's much the same. In Wanaka and Queenstown temperatures dropped to -3C overnight but the sunny weather throughout the day brings a high of 10C.

Keep your brollies and gumboots close though, rain is expected for most of the country on Sunday and throughout early next week. However, MetService say severe weather is not expected at this stage.

Anticipation for snowfall on the North Island mountains continues to build as little to none is expected in the next five days. And snow coverage on the Southern Alps mountain tops is very poor with only 25cms.

Next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday New Zealand has a chance of heavy rain coming in from the north and west, after what the MetService says has been the driest six months on record for the Upper North Island.

MetService say the rain would be welcome by many farmers and growers because another dry spell is expected for the first week of July.

Northland has been the worst off. Kerikeri has recorded 449mm of rain so far this year, only 52 per cent of its normal. It is the driest January to June period since records started in 1935.

Whangarei recorded 265mm of rain so far this year, only 42 per cent of its January to June normal.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay Of Plenty


Sunny for most, a morning mist or fog patch about the Waikato. Some cloud and the risk of a shower at times for Great Barrier Island and about Northland, especially in the east. Southeasterly winds.

Highs: 12-15C

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Sunny with light winds, could be morning mist or fog patches about inland areas.
Highs: 10-13C

Eastern North Island
Sunny with light winds.
Highs: 10-13C

Mostly sunny, light winds tending northerly.
High: 12C

Marlborough and Nelson
Sunny with light winds.
Highs: 11-13C

Sunny, light winds tending northeast in the afternoon.
Highs: 10-12C

West Coast
Sunny with light winds, some cloud about southern Fiordland may produce a light shower or two.
Highs: 11-12C

Southland and Otago
Mostly sunny, there may be some cloud at times right on Southland's coastal fringe. West to northwesterly winds.
Highs: 8-12C