DON’T pack away the raincoats and waterproofs just yet as this weekend looks set to be a bit of a washout.

And the bad news doesn’t stop there as it’s set to continue into next week as well.

The Met Office says Saturday will see heavy rain in the morning, with lighter rain showers in the afternoon along with gusts of wind up to 46mph.

Sunday looks to be similar conditions with light rain showers throughout the day, and gusts of wind up to 39mph throughout the day.

It will be less windy but cooler on Monday with sunny spells and showers again.

Rain dominates the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday aswell with the weather looking brighter on Thursday into next weekend.

Despite the forecast, organisers of this weekend’s Christchurch Food and Wine Festival say it will be business as usual for them, with events continuing as planned.

Check out our weather forecast here