Weather: Risk of thunderstorms as much of the North Island wet on Easter Monday

There's a chance of thunderstorms for some as rain and showers batter much of the North Island on Easter Monday.

MetService says it's wet for most of the north and top of the South Island, but settled elsewhere.

Bay of Plenty east of Whakatane has been told to expect heavy rain until at least 2am Tuesday.

A slow-moving front continues to push over the North Island on Monday, moving eastwards and bringing showers to western areas.

A heavy rain watch for lower parts of the North Island covers the possibility of accumulations reaching warning criteria in Waitomo, Taumarunui and Taihape near higher ground.

There is also a moderate risk of thunderstorms around Taranaki and coastal Waikato on Monday afternoon and evening.

New Plymouth has received about 12.4mm of rain so far on Monday after being hit with 98.6mm on Sunday.

"There is plenty of rain around, with heavy falls and thunderstorm risks for areas as well," MetService said on Facebook.

"Please ensure you have a safe journey home today."

The South Island has much less rain forecast, other than the top of the island.

Auckland has also been told to expect heavy showers from Monday afternoon.

NIWA says moderate rainfall during the next couple of days will help improve soil moisture in much of the North Island.


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