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In a week of bad weather, rain is expected in much of the country (file photo).
Wind and rain will continue to plague Northland as a low-pressure system moves over the top of the country, while a severe weather warning remains in effect.
The bad weather is coming from the North Tasman Sea and is expected to fall between 80-100 millimeters of rain on Monday and Tuesday.
It will then head down the eastern coast of the North Island to the Bay of Plenty on Tuesday, MetService forecaster Aidan Pyselman said.
“Because that slides low to the south east it has more of an effect on areas like Gisborne so we have a heavy rain watch for that area [on Tuesday and Wednesday],” he said.
* Heavy rain and strong winds for much of New Zealand in the coming week, caused by low pressure area in North Tasman Sea
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MetService also issued a severe swell warning for Gisborne on Tuesday with waves expected to rise to 3.5m-4m.
Heavy rain may also fall in the areas of Hawke’s Bay on Tuesday.
A severe storm is expected to blow from the southeast into Auckland on Tuesday.
Holidaymakers on the Great Barrier and Coromandel won’t escape the rough weather either, with high winds expected to come from Auckland.
While much of the South Island will escape the bad weather early in the week, Pyselman said that wouldn’t last with a “pretty messy week” of weather for the country.
On Wednesday, a front will cross Fiordland and then cross Westland, with heavy rainfall.
“That will make its way to the west side of the South Island, with possible heavy rainfall throughout the west coast and to Taranaki later in the week,” he said.
“It’s quite restless.”
In Taranaki, rain and wet weather is expected to continue from Thursday to the following Monday, according to Sunday’s forecast.
Temperatures across the country will be slightly below average for this time of year, Pyselman said.
Many inland areas can also expect morning frosts, with temperatures dropping to minus 5 to minus 6 degrees Celsius in Queenstown and Wanaka.
Alexandra is expected to get -7C on Wednesday night.
The seasonal July-September forecast for the central North Island, from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), shows precipitation totals are likely to be close to normal at 45 percent.