A heavy rain warning has been issued for Rotorua and Bay of Plenty.

MetService said rain was expected to become heavy tonight in areas east of Whakatane. A further 90 to 120mm may accumulate on top of what had already fallen from 9pm tonight to 2pm Saturday.

Rain will become heavier in areas west of Whakatane from this afternoon with a further 100 to 140mm expected from 1pm to 10am tomorrow.

A heavy rain warning has also been issued for Tongariro National Park.

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Rain or showers will continue into Sunday.

A high of 21C is expected for Rotorua today with Whakatane reaching 24C.

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Bay of Plenty & Taupo Police
about a week ago

WEATHER WARNING - Heavy Rain is expected in the BOP from this afternoon through to midday Saturday. Most effected areas will be west of Whakatane. Just a reminder that during this period you drive to the conditions, reduce your speed and increase your following distance. Be safe.