Rain, thunderstorms for North Island

Flooding in Quay Street, Auckland. Photo / Chris Gorman
Flooding in Quay Street, Auckland. Photo / Chris Gorman

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A slow moving front is bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms to much of the North Island today.

Metservice has issued a heavy rain warning for the Coromandel Penninsula, Bay of Plenty and East Coast as the front lying over the upper North Island moves slowly southeast.

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The heaviest falls will be north of Gisborne, where 90 to 120mm of rain is expected to accumulate between 9am and midnight, Metservice said.

Outbreaks of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms are expected in Auckland this morning, it said.

Rainfall could exceed the warning level of 50mm in six hours in the Auckland region before easing in the afternoon.

Forecasts

Auckland:
Outbreaks of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms in the morning, easing in the afternoon.

Coromandel Peninsula:
About 80mm of rain is expected to fall between 9am and 5pm, with peak intensity of 15 to 25mm/hr in the late morning.

Gisborne north of Ruatoria:
Between 90 and 120mm of rain is expected to fall between 9am and midnight, with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

Bay of Plenty and the Eastern Hills:
Periods of heavy rain, easing in the evening. Between 80 and 100mm of rain are expected to fall between 9am and 10pm.

- nzherald.co.nz

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