Weather: Cyclone Hale bringing another downpour for already soaked areas, MetService warns

It's going to be an "exceptionally soggy" and windy next few days for parts of New Zealand as Cyclone Hale reaches the country, MetService says. 

In its latest weather warnings video, it said the incoming tropical weather system will add to last week's wet weather that interrupted holidaymakers' travel plans.

Cyclone Hale is approaching the North Island on Monday, bringing rain and strong east to southeast winds to many areas. MetService meteorologist Angus Hines said areas that were soaked by last week's weather will be hit again.

"It is bringing some heavy falls for the northern and eastern parts of the North Island on Tuesday and Wednesday," he said.

MetService has issued three heavy rain warnings. For the Coromandel Peninsula, the warning lasts from 8pm on Monday to 9pm on Tuesday. Gisborne's also starts at 8pm on Monday, but instead ends at 11pm on Tuesday. And in Hawke's Bay it will last from 3am on Tuesday to 8am on Wednesday.

Hines said there will be a few wet days for the Coromandel this week.

"Remember, this is falling on top of saturated soil, given the deluge last week, and all of the effects we saw last week - the slips, the flooding, the road closures - could well be repeated over the next couple of days," he said.

He warned that streams and rivers become treacherous during heavy rain since they swell up quickly. Also, flooding, slips, and power outages are all possible as the weather system passes through.

But there isn't just heavy rain, there are strong winds too.

"It's gale-force easterlies affecting the eastern and central parts of the upper North Island," Hines said.

"At the moment, we've only got strong wind watches. A lot of the wind looks to be gusting 80, 90, maybe 100km/h, and that is just below the threshold for a weather warning."

There is a strong wind watch for the Coromandel Peninsula and Great Barrier Island from 9am to 10pm on Tuesday, for Auckland and the lea of the Kaimai Range from 3am on Tuesday to 1am on Wednesday, and for Bay of Plenty and Taupō from 10am on Tuesday to 1am on Wednesday.