Make the most of the dry weather - Metservice is warning wet weather is on the way.

It has issued a severe weather watch for Rotorua, with heavy rain possible for parts of Central New Zealand gales about the upper North Island.

Rain may reach warning levels in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato from this afternoon until Sunday afternoon.

A severe weather watch is in place for much of the North Island with a low lying northwest of New Zealand is expected to spread a broad rain-band over the North Island today, before cool southerlies spread over the country on Sunday.

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This rain-band is preceded by strong to gale easterlies, which are likely to affect northern parts of the North Island. warning.

People are advised to stay up to date with forecast