MetService has issued a severe weather watch for Rotorua.

There is a possibility that westerly gales may become severe in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty from late Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning.

A front is expected to move rapidly east over the country tomorrow, bringing a period of rain to western areas and strong to gale westerlies about central New Zealand.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts in case part of this Watch is upgraded to a Warning.