After days of brilliant sunshine, Tauranga looks to be dampened by rain at the start of this week as autumn rolls on and summer becomes a distant memory.

MetService meteorologist April Clark said the weather had been stable in the Bay of Plenty recently, thanks to a ridge of high pressure.

The change in weather was due to a band of rain with a low-pressure front which was set to sweep over the North Island this week.

The sluggish front swept over Taranaki and Wellington yesterday and was due to hit the Bay of Plenty, particularly in the east, today.

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The front was moving slowly meaning the woolly weather would persist until the low pressure cleared.

At this point, the heaviest rain was predicted to endure until Tuesday but this could change, she said.

At some points, there was a possibility of thunderstorms in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Clark said.

Residents were encouraged to keep up to date with the latest weather updates.

Weather forecast for Tauranga
Today
19C - High
11C - Overnight low
Rain, chance heavy, easing by evening, as northerlies die out.

Tomorrow
19C - High
11C - Overnight low
Rain, chance heavy, easing by evening, as northerlies die out.

Wednesday
23C - High
12C - Overnight low
A few showers clearing. Southeasterlies.

Thursday
22C - High
12C - Overnight low
Mainly fine. Southeasterlies dying out.

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Friday
22C - High
12C - Overnight low
Fine. Southwesterlies developing.

Source: MetService