Some homes in Papamoa have reported flooding after this afternoon's heavy rain.

Fire northern communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said multiple buildings on Simpson Rd and Taylor Rd had reported flooding and the fire service were in attendance.

Metservice is predicting heavy rain to hit Tauranga about 6pm tonight, with 12.3mm forecasted to fall.

A Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain is in place for Bay of Plenty and Rotorua.