Heavy rain and thunder for BOP

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Heavy rain is expected to hit the Bay of Plenty over the coming days. 

Metservice meteorologist Andy Best says a heavy rain watch is in place from 11am today until 3am on Wednesday. 

Today residents can expect periods of rain, with thunderstorms and possible hail.

Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, mainly about the ranges. 

Andy says a slow-moving low pressure system is forecast to track east across the upper North Island delivering rain to many places. It will centre itself between Tauranga and Whakatane at around midnight tonight.

“It will stay around Whakatane until about midnight tomorrow.

“There are active bands of heavy, thundery showers rotating around that system, which has led to the issuing of this watch,” he says.

Due to the slow-moving low, Andy says it is likely the rain won’t clear until Wednesday night.

“Today, and tomorrow, unfortunately, it’s not looking very nice,” says Andy

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case any watches are upgraded to warnings, or further areas are added.

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