Heaviest rain restricted to Far North

22:29, Dec 23 2012

MetService has shrunk its heavy rain warning to just cover Northland, but bad weather is still possible in other parts of the country.

While warnings have been lifted for Auckland north of Whangaparaoa, Coromandel Peninsula and northern Gisborne, heavy rain is still possible in those areas, which remain covered by a severe weather watch.

MetService said a deep low that was formerly Tropical Cyclone Evan was expected to move west-southwest just north of Cape Reinga today and lie just west of the North Island tomorrow.

The low was likely to bring rain to the upper North Island and strong to gale southeasterlies to the far north.

A rain band was expected to drift south over Northland this afternoon and early evening, bringing a burst of heavy rain, with the  largest amounts expected about the eastern hills of Northland where 60 to 80mm could accumulate.

"People in these areas, especially holidaymakers and trampers, are advised that rivers and streams may rise rapidly, slips and surface flooding are possible, and that it is important to be aware of local road conditions," MetService said.

Periods of rain, possibly heavy at times were expected to continue today in the north of Gisborne and in Coromandel, MetService said.

A rain band was expected to bring a period of heavy rain to Auckland north of Whangaparaoa late this afternoon and into this evening.

Rain was expected in central and northern areas of the North Island tomorrow, with drizzle in the east and a few showers from south of Whanganui to Wellington.

Rain was expected to develop tomorrow in the north of the South Island, but it was expected to be mainly fine elsewhere apart from morning drizzle about the east coast and late drizzle over the fjords.