Heavy rain and severe gales are expected to hit Rotorua today.

A severe weather warning has been issued for Rotorua and the wider Bay of Plenty as a deep sub-tropical low is expected to move south from Bay of Plenty to lie near the central high country by midnight.

The low is then expected to move southeast and lie just southeast of central New Zealand by midnight Wednesday.

From 9am today to 12am tomorrow, between 110mm and 150mm of rain is expected to accumulate in the area.

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Severe gales of up to 120km/h in exposed areas are expected until 5pm today.

A strong wind warning is also in place for Taupō.

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