Rain warning issued for BOP

Rain is forecast for both today and tomorrow in the Bay of Plenty.

A heavy rain warning is being issued for the Bay of Plenty.

While the warning is for the ranges of the Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki, people in the wider Bay of Plenty, including Tauranga, are being warned to prepare for periods of heavy rain.

"A series of fronts embedded in a moist northwesterly flow are expected to affect the country through to late Thursday, bringing periods of heavy rain to the western areas of the South Island and the upper North Island," says a statement from the weather organisation.

"Heavy rain warnings and watches are in force for these areas.

"Additionally, strong west to northwest winds are expected ahead of the front that moves north over the country later today (Wednesday) and Thursday. Strong wind watches are in force for parts of central and southern New Zealand.

"People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made or more areas are added."

Image: MetService.

HEAVY RAIN WARNING - ORANGE

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Ranges of Bay Of Plenty east of Opotiki

Valid: 15 hours from 7am to 10pm Thursday

Forecast: Expect 70 to 110mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h.

Area: Westland about and south of Otira

Valid: 16 hours from 11pm Wednesday to 3pm Thursday

Forecast: Expect 70 to 100mm to accumulate about the ranges and lesser amounts near the coast. Peak rates of 15 to 25m/h, especially in thunderstorms.

Change note: Watch upgraded to orange warning.

Area: Fiordland

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

Forecast: Expect 70 to 90mm to accumulate. Peak rates of 15 to 25mm/h, especially in thunderstorms.

Change note: Watch upgraded to orange warning.




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