Weather watch: Rain, rain, everywhere

22:07, Jul 10 2014

Heavy rain is expected to soak Northland and Nelson today, and it's plain old rain for almost everyone else.

A severe weather warning was still in place for Northland, which should expect especially heavy falls between 100 millimetres and 150mm of rain until tomorrow morning, and thunderstorms in the Far North, MetService said.

People should watch out for flooding and slips in areas already saturated by this week's weather.

A warning is also in force for the west and north of the South Island, especially northern Fiordland, Westland and western Nelson.

MetService said 200mm to 300mm of rain is expected in these areas through to Saturday evening, and warned it was likely to be significant for western parts of Nelson, especially Golden Bay.

People in these areas were advised to look out for rapidly rising rivers and streams, surface flooding and possible slips.

MetService also had a watch in place for strong winds in Northland and northern parts of Auckland, with gales possible in exposed places.

Rain and drizzle was forecast for the rest of the upper-North Island, while the east coast of the island would clear to a mainly fine day, MetService said.

Christchurch and Dunedin should expect a patchy wet day with strong northeasterlies, while Invercargill could look forward to a fine day with a forecast high of 14 degrees Celsius.