Rain warning remains in force for Coromandel

More rain is on the forecast for the next couple of days. File photo.

A severe weather warning for heavy rain issued on Sunday for the Coromandel area, remains in force today.

The MetService is forecasting heavy rain and gales for Northland, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula.

"A complex low pressure system affects northern New Zealand today and into Tuesday, bringing periods of heavy rain and gales to the upper North Island," warns the weather organisation.

"Heavy Rain Warnings remain in force for Northland and Coromandel Peninsula,while a Heavy Rain Watch remains in force for northern Auckland including Great Barrier Island."

In addition, a Strong Wind Warning is in place for Northland and Strong Wind Watches continue for northern Auckland (including Great Barrier Island) and Coromandel Peninsula.   

"Localised flooding, damaging winds and possible coastal inundation (eastern shores) are possible in the areas covered by the Warnings and Watches.

"People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any Watches are upgraded to Warnings, or further areas are added."
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Northland
Valid: 9 hours from 9am to 6pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect a further 50 to 80mm of rain to accumulate on top of what has already fallen, especially in the north and about the eastern hills. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.

Please note, further scattered heavy rain continues through to Tuesday morning,especially in the east. A Watch may be issued later today to cover this further period of scattered heavy rain.

Area: Coromandel Peninsula
Valid: 26 hours from 9am Monday to 11am Tuesday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect 60 to 80 mm of rain to accumulate about the hills on top of what has already fallen, and 40 to 60mm near the coast. Peak rates about 10 mm/h.

Note, further rain or showers should continue during Tuesday after the warning period.

Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures.Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

Area: Northland
Valid: 26 hours from 9am Monday to 11am Tuesday
Forecast: Severe northeasterly gales easing for a time from this morning to tonight.

However, east to southeasterly gales are likely to be severe at times from 11pm  tonight to 11am Tuesday, especially in the east, with gusts reaching 120km/h in exposed places.

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