Dry summer: Wet weather set to be short-lived

Auckland's dumping of rain will be short-lived, forecasters say, so enjoy it while you can. 

It is one of many North Island regions to be among the country's driest places, with some parts expected to get just 1mm of rain over the next half month. 

And it all stems from highs coming from Australia, Weather Watch head forecaster Philip Duncan says, which looks likely to continue into February. 

"We see high after high drifting in from the Tasman Sea and covering New Zealand," he said on Thursday. 

"We may see a few breaks in this, the odd cold front up the West Coast and some inland downpours in both islands, but overall a number of places look much drier than normal in the weeks ahead."

Most of the country's rain will be concentrated in Fiordland and south Westland in the coming weeks. 

Auckland, parts of Northland, Waikato and Coromandel are expected to be among the driest places. Parts of Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson, and parts of Canterbury will be dry too. 

Looking ahead to the long weekend in Auckland, Weather Watch expects temperatures to soar, with each day "progressively" getting hotter, with Monday looking very warm. 

North, east and inland areas of the country will be warmest, with temperatures climbing over 30degC on Monday in places like Blenheim, Hastings and Napier.