MetService is predicting heavy rain for Northen New Zealand this afternoon and tomorrow morning.

A low is deepening west of the North Island today (Friday), directing a moist north to northeast flow over the North Island.

An associatedfront is expected to move across northern New Zealand this afternoonand evening, with a brief period of heavy rain and possible squally thunderstorms for Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.

Localised surface flooding and hazardous driving conditions are possible for a time.