A heavy rain warning is in place for the Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane, including Rotorua.

The MetService has also issued a severe weather watch for several other parts of the country, including the Coromandel Peninsula.

The watch means there is a possibity of rainfall reaching warning levels of 60-70mm with 9 to 12 hours or 85mm in 18 hours in the areas from early tomorrow morning to early Wednesday night.

A complex low over the Tasman Sea and its associated fronts were forecast to affect many parts of the country during that period.

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For the area west of Whakatane, rainfall was expected to become heavy from midday tomorrow and ease late Wednesday night.