Downpours are expected to return on Friday after a soggy start to the week which resulted in surface flooding around Rotorua.

In the 12 hours to yesterday afternoon, 34.2mm of rain had bucketed down causing flooding in some areas.

While locals will be able to enjoy higher temperatures and sunny breaks in the coming days, rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday.

MetService communications meteorologist Lisa Murray said the level of rain had been considerable.

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"It's not quite at warning level but it is definitely a considerable amount.

"This kind of thundery downpour is typical of November weather and nothing out of the ordinary. Compared with other centres, Rotorua is doing pretty well," Ms Murray said.

She advised locals to get out and enjoy the sunshine for the next two days.

"The good news is [today] and Wednesday are expected to be fine with relatively high temperatures. Plan around the rain and make the most of the sunshine when you can."

On the Rotorua Daily Post Facebook page, people reported surface flooding in Fordlands, Ngongotaha and Hillcrest.

"The top of Clayton Rd was flooded when I went through about 8.30am. I had to drive in the middle of the two lanes," another person said.

Looking ahead:
Today: Fine spells, chance morning shower. Southwest eases. High 21C, low 8C
Tomorrow: Mainly fine. Southwest breezes dying out. High 23C, low 11C
Thursday: Fine spells. Few afternoon showers. Northwest develops. High 21C, low 12C
Friday: Cloud increasing, rain developing. Northwesterlies High 19C, low 13C
Saturday: Rain with westerlies. High 19C, low 8C
Sunday: Showers. Not much wind. High 19C, low 8C