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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.

Eastern and inland areas of both islands may be about to heat up significantly as a nor’west flow moves in across the South Island and lower North Island. Meanwhile in the upper North Island and some central North Island areas pockets of sub-tropical rain are moving down bringing relief again to farmers and gardeners battling a drier than average start to summer. Make the most of the rain – next week is looking dry for many main centres. If you love the heat – make the most of that too if you live in the deep south, as a colder change may move in as early as Sunday.

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

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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