Weekend scorcher set to see mercury in some areas of New Zealand hit 30s

It is expected to be a warm finish to the week for those on the east side of the North Island.

MetService meteorologist Angus Hines said people in Napier will see temperatures reach the early 30s, with the forecast 30 degrees Celsius today and 32 degrees tomorrow.

"Strong north-west winds are a recipe for warm temperatures in the upper South Island and North Island," Mr Hines said.

Auckland temperatures were forecast at a consistent 27 degrees from today to Saturday, with mostly fine weather except for some evening showers on Saturday. The temperature on Sunday is expected drop one degree to 26 degrees.

Further up the country, Whangarei is looking to be the perfect beach weekend with temperatures forecast to reach 28 degrees tomorrow then 27 degrees for the weekend.

Those in Christchurch will also have their hot weather peak tomorrow, at 28 degrees, with the temperature expected to drop off to the high teens and early 20s at the weekend.

However, while some people will be lavishing in the sunny, warm weather, other parts of the country are looking to be damp.

Mr Hines also said much of the west side of the country would have wet spots and cooler temperatures moving up the country.

Napier was expected to drop from its high of 32 degrees on Saturday to 22 degrees on Sunday as the cool front reaches the region, he said.

Further down the country, people in Dunedin can expect high teens, and those in Invercargill will see mid to high teens with some rain during the weekend.

Beach in Napier, New Zealand. Source: