Auckland Anniversary weekend will be sunny, hot and 'tinder dry' as high pressure dominates the country.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty will be in for a treat with sunshines and consistent highs of around 25 degrees through to Monday.
But MetService meteorologist Angus Hines says there will be elevated risks for fire, especially around Northland.
"Expect tinder dry conditions through the weekend there," he said.
"High fire danger in much of the North Island as well as north and the east of the South Island so be safe and sensible with your outdoor fires."
Western North Island will be mostly sunny with southeasterly winds, and a high of 21 degrees.
Eastern North Island will have cloudy areas, some morning showers, but that will clear by the afternoon.
"For the next couple of days, what we have is a slow and steady dying of the southerly winds," Hines says.
"And we get high pressure spreading up from the southwest that's going to control the weather for most of Saturday and all of Sunday - leading to some very settled weather."
The South Island will have more consistent weather after its record-breaking high temperatures. Temperatures will return to near average on Sunday and Monday.
There will be some morning and evening clouds on Sunday, but will be mainly sunny through the middle of the day."
"Temperatures starting to climb up - back over 20 degrees for most," Hines says.
It will be mainly fine, but Fiordland might see some light rain on Sunday afternoon.