Bay of Plenty residents are again bracing themselves for a deep low forecast to bring gales and heavy rain to the region this afternoon and tonight.
Severe weather warnings have been issued for the upper and central North Island and parts of the South, with people being advised to take extra precautions, watch out for rapidly rising rivers and streams, surface flooding and slips.
More bad weather is heading towards the Bay of Plenty. Photo by Daniel Hines.
Metservice forecaster Philippa Murdoch says a low forming over the Tasman Sea is spreading an active front north, bringing heavy rain to Northland, Auckland and Bay of Plenty during the next two days.
There is also a chance each area will also receive thunder storms, says Philippa.
Heavy rain and severe gale warnings are in place for the Bay of Plenty, with a downpour expected to develop in the eastern ranges of Waikato, Bay of Plenty this evening, and continue until Monday afternoon.
Between 80-120mm of rain is expected between 11pm Sunday and 3pm Monday, with the Kaimai and Bay of Plenty ranges due to be significantly affected.
The wet weather is also expected to bring with it a slight drop in temperature, with 14 degrees Celsius forecast for the Bay of Plenty, says Philipa.