Heavy rain expected in North Island

Last updated 10:20 01/09/2014

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Heavy rain in Northland is clearing and roads reopening as the wet weather spreads south east.

State Highway 10 at Kaeo reopened to all traffic this morning after it was closed by flooding over the weekend.

And a small slip on the south side of the Brynderwyns hills had been cleared this morning.

Areas of Northland had experienced more than 50mm of rain in the last 24 hours, but weather warnings for the area had been lifted and there should be blue sky tomorrow.

In Auckland most places in the city had had 40 to 50mm of rain in the last 24 hours and rain should continue into the evening.

However, the wet weather has had little major effect on the morning commute with police, fire service and the New Zealand Transport Association reporting little disruption.

"We haven't had any problems. There is some surface flooding around. Certainly on the state highways there hasn't been any great difficulty at all," said Ewart Barnsley, spokesperson for NZTA.

There are severe weather warnings for heavy rain in place for the Coromandel Peninsula, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay.

The low is now forecast to move southeastwards, with heavy rain setting in in Gisborne and northern Hawkes Bay, where rain is likely to persist through Tuesday. 

Up to 130mm of rain could fall there till Tuesday morning, with further heavy rain likely after that time, according to MetService.

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