A heavy rain watch is in place for the Eastern Bay of Plenty tomorrow morning.

MetService said a burst of heavy rain was expected early Saturday in the ranges east of Whakatane which could reach warning levels.

Rotorua can expect a few showers this afternoon becoming more frequent tonight with a high of 18C.

Early rain tomorrow should clear into a fine afternoon.

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A burst of heavy rain is expected in the Tongariro National Park this evening into tomorrow morning.