"Very worried this time, not so much at the start of the year with the first floods, but this was significantly worse down here."
MetService has extended a heavy rain warning for parts of Hawke's Bay.
MetService said Gisborne and Wairoa District can expect a further 80-100mm of rain until 8am on Sunday.
While heavy rain is forecast to lash the north, there's plenty of fine weather in store for the south.
MetService has issued rain and wind watches.
But it will only last one day before a cold front sees temperatures drop.
Here's what it is.
MetService said Christchurch is expected to reach 27 degrees on Thursday before plummeting to just 14 degrees on Friday.
MetService has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.