'Beautiful, blue sky day' around NZ as end of winter nears

Christchurch, Weather
Sun kissed the Garden City on Monday. Photo credit: James Morrison/ Twitter

A warm day has greeted the country at the beginning of another working week.

A "beautiful, blue sky day" treated parts of the South Island, bringing sunshine following a wild, wet and windy few winter weeks.

Christchurch fell short of 20degC, with a high of 19.8degC in the city. Further down the country it was a fine day for others, with Timaru tipping the Garden City, with 19.9degC, and Dunedin hitting 17.3degC.

In the North Island, the East Cape was soaked in sunshine, with Napier and Gisborne topping the table, reaching above 20degC.

MetService's Lisa Murray says a few more days of sunshine and warmth can be expected instead of frosty cold mornings.

But don't head to the beach just yet. She says cooler temperatures are expected to come back in.

"We can expect some warmer temperatures and then some cooler temperatures [to] come back in before the warmth returns for spring," she says.

It brings relief to many areas after a winter full of floods, winds, rain, snow and storms.

On a more positive note, summer is now only a little more than three months away.