A heavy rain watch remains in place for Bay of Plenty today.

Rain has been steadily falling throughout the region overnight and into this morning.

MetService said a complex low pressure system was forecast to move southeastwards just to the north and east of the North Island on Friday.

There was some uncertainty with regards to the track and intensity of this system, however, if the system tracked close to the North Island it could bring a brief period of heavy rain to the eastern Bay of Plenty.

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The watch is in place for areas east of Te Kaha from 6am through to 6pm Friday..

People are advised to keep up to date with forecasts in case parts of this watch are upgraded to a full warning.