New Zealand is set to be buffeted with wild winds and rain in the lead up to Easter, but the weather is expected to clear in time for the holiday break.
Severe weather warnings have been issued by MetService with heavy rain and gale force winds expected to batter much of the country this evening and are set to continue tomorrow.
Heavy rain warnings are in place for the Bay of Plenty, with Civil Defence urging residents to ensure they are adequately prepared.
Thunderstorms are likely later tonight. Rain is expected to become heavy from around 2am tomorrow morning in the west and 4am in the east.
Civil Defence suggests Bay of Plenty residents take the following precautions:
Northland, Taranaki, the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and Westland will receive the most intense rainfall which may cause some flash flooding.
Meanwhile, the strongest winds are expected to lash the north and western regions of the North Island.
Trucks and other high-sided vehicles are warned that driving conditions are particularly hazardous with winds having the potential to damage trees, powerlines and other unsecured structures.
But weather should begin to clear on Friday, with a chance of rain in some parts of the North Island before becoming largely fine across the country on Saturday and Sunday.
Some afternoon showers may start to roll in to the North Island on Monday.
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