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Heavy rain watch upgraded to warning in BOP

Rain is expected to become heavy this afternoon. File photo.

UPDATE 9.45AM: A heavy rain watch issued for the Bay of Plenty is bieng upgraded to a warning.

The MetService says heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly.

People are also being warned that surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

"A low over the Tasman Sea is expected to approach the North Island on  Wednesday.

"Associated fronts are expected to move east to southeastward over the North Island later today (Tuesday) and Wednesday, bringing heavy rain to parts of the North Island and upper South Island, and Watches and Warnings are in force.

"People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts, in case part of these Watches are upgraded to an Orange Warning or further areas are added."

Meanwhile, a severe weather watch has been issued for the Coromandel and Taupo areas.

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HEAVY RAIN WARNING - ORANGE

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Area: Bay of Plenty

Valid: 16 hours from 1am to 5pm Wednesday

Forecast: Expect 80 to 100mm to accumulate about inland areas, including the ranges, with 50 to 70mm elsewhere. Peak intensities 10 to 20mm/hr Wednesday morning and afternoon.

Change note: Upgraded to an Orange warning

Area: Taranaki north of Eltham, including the Mountain

Valid: 18 hours from 1am to 7pm Wednesday

Forecast: Expect 80 to 100mm to accumulate, but 150 to 180mm about the Mountain.Peak intensities 20 to 30mm/hour Wednesday morning and afternoon, with thunderstorms possible.

Change note: Upgraded to an Orange Warning

HEAVY RAIN WATCH

Area: Coromandel Peninsula

Valid: 8 hours from 11pm Tuesday to 7am Wednesday

Forecast: Period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations could approach short duration warning amounts about the Range.

Area: Taupo, Taumarunui, Waitomo and Waikato south of Hamilton, also Tongariro National Park

Valid: 20 hours from 1am to 9pm Wednesday

Forecast: Period of heavy rain, especially about the ranges, where rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts. Note, thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening with locally heavy falls.

Area: Ruahine Range

Valid: 15 hours from 6am to 9pm Wednesday

Forecast: Period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

Area: Tararua Range

Valid: 16 hours from 9am Wednesday to 1am Thursday

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

Area: Takaka Hill and the Arthur Range

Valid: 12 hours from 5am to 5pm Wednesday

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

Area: Kaikoura Coast and Ranges

Valid: 20 hours from 10am Wednesday to 6am Thursday

Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

EARLIER:

A heavy rain watch issued by the MetService on Monday, remains in force for the Bay of Plenty today.

Rain developing this morning and is expected to become heavy at times from afternoon.

MetService says northeasterlies are developing in the morning, strengthening in the evening.

"A low is deepening over the Tasman Sea, and should approach the North Island on Tuesday.

"Associated fronts are expected to move east to southeastward over the North Island during late Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing heavy rain to parts of the North Island, and Watches are in force.

"This is a developing event and people are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts."

Further watches and warnings are likely to be issued Tuesday morning.

HEAVY RAIN WATCH

Area: Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane

Valid: 13 hours from 5pm Tuesday to 6am Wednesday

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations could approach warning amounts.

Area: Taranaki north of Eltham, including the Mountain

Valid: 13 hours from 9pm Tuesday to 10am Wednesday

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall accumulations may approach warning amounts.

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