Floods hit Wellington as it receives more rain in one hour than past 48 days

Parts of Wellington have been hit by flooding as the summer dry spell breaks in a dramatic fashion.

On Tuesday morning, more rain fell in the Capital in one hour than in the past 48 days.

"15.8mm of rain at Wellington airport in the last hour," tweeted MetService Meteorologist Tom Adams.

"That's more than the last 48 days added together (since 5am 7th November)."

Dry ground and leaves blocking drains has caused the flooding, which was seen in Lyall Bay, Kilbirnie and Wellington CBD.

A Fire and Emergency Spokesperson said they received about a dozen calls about the flooding around 9am but it has since subsided.

MetService has forecast heavy rain for Wellington and the Kapiti Coast between 9am and 3pm.

Bay of Plenty east of Murupara has also been warned to expect heavy rain between 1pm and 11pm.