Wet weather: No let up in summer deluge as more rain forecast for North Island

There will be little let-up for the rain-soaked North Island on Saturday with Metservice forecasting more wet weather and possible thunderstorms later today. 

Rain and showers are expected across the North Island and Metservice warns they could be severe enough to cause more flash flooding and slips.

The wet weather has washed out new year holiday plans for people visiting popular summer hotspots such as the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty. 

The Coromandal was particularly hard hit, with many roads closing, areas cut off by slips and over 400mm of rain in the past 72 hours. 

The bad weather caused the cancellation of summer festivals with Juicy Fest 90s, which was due to be held in Tauranga on Friday, the latest casualty after organisers said they were "heartbroken" to call the event off. 

While the weather should ease over the weekend it is still likely to affect Kiwis who are hoping to enjoy the final weekend of the Christmas break before heading back to work.  

 Metservice said there is a moderate risk of thunderstorms over the central North Island from Waikato, the far south of Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and inland Gisborne south to the Wairarapa district and Manawatu. 

It warned these storms could bring heavy rain that could cause flash flooding and slips.

Northland could also see more rain this afternoon, while the storms that hit parts of the South Island on Saturday should ease today. 

It is not good news for people holding out for a return to the blue skies and sun-baked days we saw at the end of 2022 as another storm is predicted to brush past New Zealand and bring more heavy rain. 

But longer-term things are expected to settle down towards the end of the month, just as the kids get ready to head back to school.