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Severe weather watch for heavy rain

Cloudy periods are being forecast for the region today, before the rain sets in tomorrow.

A severe weather watch is being issued for the Bay of Plenty.

The MetService is forecasting heavy rain, heavy snow and severe gales for part of New Zealand today.

A deepening low and an active front are expected to move northeast across the South Island today, then over the North Island on Tuesday, says a statement from the weather organisation.

"Strong and moist northwest winds precede the front, and is followed by a strong cold southerly change.

"Warnings and Watches for heavy rain, heavy snow and severe gales are in force for many parts of southern and central New Zealand.

"People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made to these Warnings and Watches or new areas need to be added."

Image: MetService.

HEAVY RAIN WATCH

Area: The ranges of Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki

Valid: 5 hours from 7am to 12pm Tuesday

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short-duration warning criteria.

Area: Tongariro National Park

Valid: 6 hours from 1am to 7am Tuesday

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short-duration warning criteria.

Area: Mount Taranaki

Valid: 7 hours from 10pm Monday to 5am Tuesday

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

Area: The Tararua Range

Valid: 6 hours from 11pm Monday to 5am Tuesday

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

Area: The ranges of Tasman west of Motueka

Valid: 7 hours from 6pm Monday to 1am Tuesday

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

Area: The ranges of both Buller and Westland about and north of Otira

Valid: 6 hours from 5pm to 11pm Monday

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach short-duration warning criteria.

Area: The headwaters of the Canterbury lakes and rivers south of Arthur's Pass

Valid: 7 hours from 3pm to 10pm Monday

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria within 15 km east of the main divide.

Area: The headwaters of the Otago lakes and rivers

Valid: 8 hours from 10am to 6pm Monday

Forecast: A period of heavy rain. Rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria within 15 km east of the main divide.

HEAVY SNOW WATCH

Area: Canterbury High Country south of the Rangitata River

Valid: 9 hours from 8pm Monday to 5am Tuesday

Forecast: Snow is forecast to lower to 400 metres, with heavy snow possible at higher levels. Snow amounts may approach warning criteria above 500 metres.

Area: Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes District

Valid: 10 hours from 3pm Monday to 1am Tuesday

Forecast: Snow is forecast to lower to 400 metres, with heavy snow possible at higher levels. Snow amounts may approach warning criteria above 600 metres.

STRONG WIND WATCH

Area: Gisborne and Hawke's Bay, the Tararua District and Wairarapa north of Featherston

Valid: 7 hours from 2am to 9am Tuesday

Forecast: Northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

Area: South Taranaki, Taihape, and Whanganui

Valid: 6 hours from 11pm Monday to 5am Tuesday

Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Area: Coastal Buller

Valid: 5 hours from 6pm to 11pm Monday

Forecast: Northerly winds may approach severe gale at times.

Area: Marlborough excluding the Sounds

Valid: 7 hours from 7pm Monday to 2am Tuesday

Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

Area: Canterbury High Country

Valid: 12 hours from 10am to 10pm Monday

Forecast: North to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

Area: Banks Peninsula

Valid: 8 hours from 2am to 10am Tuesday

Forecast: Southwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places at times.

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