Heavy rain to lash the BOP

It is going to be wet through until about Tuesday, according to the MetService. Image: MetService.

A heavy rain watch remains in place for the region, and if you look outside, it seems to be pretty accurate at the moment.

A slow moving low over the Tasman Sea directs a moist northerly flow across the South Island, delivering rain to Westland.

"A rainband over the lower South Island associated with the low also delivers periods of rain to Otago and Southland, which may become heavy at times about coastal Otago until late Friday morning," says the MetService.

"Meanwhile, a front moves east over the North Island on Friday, bringing widespread rain with the heaviest falls likely about Bay of Plenty and Gisborne ranges.

"A Heavy Rain Watch is in force for coastal Otago and for Bay of Plenty and Gisborne ranges. A Heavy Rain Warning for Westland has been lifted, but a new Watch is now in force for southern Westland.

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

Heavy Rain Watch

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane, especially about the ranges, and the ranges of Gisborne.
Valid: 23 hours from 7am Friday to 6am Saturday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain are expected during this time, and rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

Area: Bay of Plenty (including Rotorua) from Whakatane westwards
Valid: 15 hours from 7am to 10pm Friday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain are expected during this time, and rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.




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