Weather warning issued as heavy rain heads for central NZ
Rain is on its way - again - with the heavy falls heading for the centre of the country.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain across central New Zealand.
More than 100 millimetres of rain is expected to fall in the 24 hours from Tuesday evening in Kaikoura, the east of Marlborough, Wairarapa, the Tararua Ranges, and in the Tararua District.
Heavy rain and gales eased around the country on Tuesday morning, but showers and grey clouds persist.
The upper North Island continues to experience showers, with temperatures around 14 degrees Celsius.
There is a chance of thunder in Auckland during the afternoon, however strong southwesterly winds will ease.
Offshore thunderstorms may extend over parts of the Bay of Plenty, particularly Tauranga.
Rain is easing in Gisborne which has suffered the heaviest showers.
State Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne has reopened after it was closed overnight owing to flooding. Extra case is advised.
Overnight gales are also easing, although a weather watch is still in place for Wairarapa, Wellington, and Marlborough.
While the upper South Island receives similar conditions to the lower North Island, the West Coast is fine and dry, with Hokitika tipped to reach 15C.
Showers will move over Christchurch late morning, with a high of 9C.
Most of the southern part of the South Island will stay dry.
Queenstown is the place to be, with clear skies and a high of 16C.