Heavy rain is forecast for the region from tomorrow.
MetService said a low was expected to deepen over the Tasman Sea today and approach the North Island late Tuesday into Wednesday.
Fronts associated with this low were expected to move east to southeastward over the North Island during late Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing heavy rain to parts of the North Island.
A heavy rain watch was in place for Bay of Plenty west of Whakatāne from 3pm Tuesday through to 6am Wednesday.
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Rain was expected to turn to showers in the region Wednesday before improving for the end of the week.