Rain eases, making way for sun - and chills

Chilly start for the plants at Wynyard Estate Saffron in Roxburgh (Wendy King)
Chilly start for the plants at Wynyard Estate Saffron in Roxburgh (Wendy King)

The rain is gone, leaving nothing but a chilly southerly for most parts of the country this weekend.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Donna is moving away, with coastal parts of Gisborne and the Wairarapa the last to feel the rain.

For those venturing out today, MetService meteorologist Ravi Kandula says it'll pay to rug up warm.

"It is wise to layer up because those cold southerlies that are lashing the North Island, some of those gale-force southerlies that are being felt in exposed places, those are going to continue right through to the afternoon in some sort of strong capacity."

Those heading out and about can do so without the need for an umbrella though.

"The last little bits of showery flow are going to be remaining over coastal Gisborne and Wairarapa, otherwise Sunday is a continuing trend of improvement."

Around Tuesday or Wednesday however, the rain's expected to return - particularly through the central North Island, from Taranaki to East Cape, and Westland in the south.

Mr Kandula says Donna should be the last one of the late cyclone season.

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