MetService warns of heavy rain for BOP
A heavy rain warning is being issued for the Bay of Plenty region.
The MetService says strong moist northerlies are expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to many areas.
"A moist northerly flow with embedded fronts affects the country today and tomorrow.
"A subtropical low is expected to move south, just west of the upper North Island tomorrow afternoon bringing strong winds and increased rainfall.Heavy rain and strong winds are likely for many upper North Island areas."
The MetService says people are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case further Warnings are issued, and if any of the Watches are upgraded.
HEAVY RAIN WARNING - ORANGE
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.
Valid: 9 hours from 9am to 6pm Thursday
Forecast: Expect 60 to 70mm of rain. Peak rates could briefly reach of 20 to 30mm/h during the period.
Area: Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 14 hours from 9am to 11pm Thursday
Forecast: Expect 90 to 120mm of rain. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.
Area: Bay of Plenty and Rotorua
Valid: 14 hours from 11am Thursday to 1am Friday
Forecast: Expect 90 to 120mm of rain. Peak rates of 10 to 20mm/h expected.
Area: Nelson west of Motueka
Valid: 4 hours from 11am to 3pm Wednesday
Forecast: Further heavy rain is expected to affect the area. Expect
30 to 50mm in addition to rain which has already accumulated.
Valid: 36 hours from 11am Wednesday to 11pm Thursday
Forecast: Expect 300 to 400mm of rain about the ranges, with 100 to 150mm nearer the coast. Peak rates of 20 to 30mm/h expected during Thursday about the ranges.