Rain, gale force winds & king tides

Heavy weather is expected over the next two days. File photo.

Heavy rain, possibly gale force winds, and king tides are in the weather mix for the next few days as a sub-tropical low crosses the country.

The rain has already begun in the Western Bay of Plenty with showers expected to become heavier later today.

North easterly winds are expected to intensify tomorrow and could reach gale force in exposed places, says MetService meteorologist April Clark.

Rain tomorrow is expected to become heavier towards evening.

The strong onshore winds and heavy rain coincides with a period of king tides, with high tides tomorrow and Thursday morning expected over two metres.

Normal high tides are in the region of about 1.7m says April.

Anyone on the beaches might notice the high tides comes further up the beach than usual.

“Any roads really close to the coast might be affected as well,” says April.

Winds are expected to go round from the south east to the west as the weather system crosses the country.

Weather watches and warnings for the Western Bay of Plenty are expected to be announced about 11am.


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