VIDEO: Warm end to week then weekend wind & rain

The next couple of days will be warmer than average nationwide ahead of a windy and/or wet weekend coming.

This weekend a strong to gale N to NW flow kicks in, making for more warm to hot weather in the east but bringing heavy rain to the West Coast. By Sunday heavy rain also affects the upper North Island with strong to gale NW winds further south.

On Monday there is a temperature drop coming which goes nationwide by Tuesday - but fades as early as Wednesday.