Strong winds, heavy rain forecast to lash Wellington

The first week of spring continues to deliver a mixed bag of weather, eschewing sunshine for wet and wild conditions for several parts of New Zealand.

Windy Wellington should be true to its moniker, with MetService putting a strong wind warning in place for the capital. Marlborough also has a strong wind warning in place.

Heavy rain forecasts have resulted in severe weather warnings for Tararua, Wairarapa and Wellington.

Hawke's Bay and Gisborne are set for a drenching with rain forecast all of this morning, set to get heavier later today. Thunderstorms and hail could also be in the mix.

Occassional showers are forecast for Auckland this morning, but they're set to clear by the evening.

But it's looking better for other regions, with the overcast morning in Southland and Otago set to clear later on today. Showers from Timaru through to Kaikoura are expected to ease by tonight, and it's sunny today in Hokitika and Greymouth.

It's looking to be an especially wet week for Hawke's Bay and Gisborne, with persistent rain through to Friday.

"There is a high risk of rainfall accumulations exceeding warning amounts about eastern areas from Gisborne City through to the northern Wairarapa, including the ranges, from Wednesday through to Friday," MetService has predicted.

"There is a low risk of heavy snow above 700 metres about the Marlborough Ranges on Wednesday."

Breakfast weatherman Matty McLean has the latest forecast. Source: Breakfast