Auckland's sunny days are about to be blown away by heavy rain and gales.
The rain and wind moving in from the Tasman Sea will sweep through large swathes of the North Island and West Coast from Sunday evening through to Monday, MetService says.
The forecaster has warned severe bursts of rainfall from 60mm-70mm could hit Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty as well as Nelson and Westland ranges in the South Island.
Severe north-easterly gales blowing up to 120km/h are also expected to batter Northland ahead of the rain's arrival on Sunday afternoon, while winds up to 100km/h are expected in Auckland.
The winds could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures, making driving potentially hazardous, MetService warned.
The forecaster is also keeping an eye on strong winds expected in the Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua Whakatane, Taupo, Taranaki, and Whanganui hill country overnight on Sunday.