Severe weather watch in place for BOP

Rain Radar showing what is instore for the rest of the afternoon. Image: MetService.

A severe weather watch in in place of the Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne today.

A low over the Tasman Sea is moving a series of troughs southeast over the North Island and South Island today, bringing outbreaks of rain or showers with heavy falls and isolated thunderstorms.

According to the weather watch issued by MetService, localised heavy falls are expected this afternoon and evening, especially about inland areas.

“Due to the risk of localised heavy falls, a watch will be maintained about the Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne until this evening.

“On Monday, this low is forecast to move southeast over the North Island, with further heavy showers and possible thunderstorms.

“These heavy showers may be more widespread about South Auckland and Waikato, and a watch is now in force.”

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, especially the latest thunderstorm outlook and any subsequent thunderstorm watches or warnings, which are likely to cover many other parts of the country.

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: South Auckland and Waikato
Valid: 9 hours from 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of rain with isolated heavy falls. This Watch is for the possibility that localised heavy falls could be more widespread and approach warning criteria.

Area: Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane, including Rotorua
Valid: 8 hours from 10:00am to 6:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Showers continue today, with heavy falls about inland areas and isolated thunderstorms. Heavy falls are expected to be localised, especially about inland areas, however, a Watch will be maintained until this evening.

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane, and Gisborne north of Tolaga Bay
Valid: 8 hours from 10:00am to 6:00pm Sunday
Forecast: Showers continue today, with heavy falls about inland areas and isolated thunderstorms. Heavy falls are expected to be localised, especially about inland areas, however, a Watch will be maintained until this evening.




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