Severe weather warnings for North, South Islands

MetService has issued a severe weather warning for Fiordland, Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and Gisborne.

A front is expected to cross Fiordland this morning bringing a brief burst of heavy rain. A brief burst of heavy rain is expected with 70 to 90mm likely in a 6 to 9 hour period. This is not an unusual amount of rain for the area but people are advised to watch out for rapidly rising streams and rivers.

Heavy rain is expected for Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and Gisborne tonight and tomorrow.

A deep low is approaching New Zealand from the sub-tropics and is expected to be slow-moving tomorrow just to the north of the North Island. Its associated rain-band is expected to bring a period of heavy rain over areas from Gisborne to Northland accompanied by southeast gales.

Around 150mm of rain is possible over parts of Northland, Coromandel Peninsula and Gisborne. People in these areas are advised to watch out for rapidly rising streams and rivers, slips, surface flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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