New Zealand's MetService has issued heavy rain warnings and watches for areas on the east coast of North Island between Saturday, June 20, and Monday, June 22. A heavy rain warning has been issued for the Gisborne region and north of Tolaga Bay between 09:00 (local time) on Saturday until 06:00 on Monday. Rainfall accumulations of 170 to 220 mm (6.5 to 8.5 in) are expected north of Tokomaru Bay and 90 to 130 mm (3.5 to 5 in) further south. Thunderstorms are also possible and the heavy rain may cause flooding and landslides. A heavy rain watch has also been issued for the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty north of Katikati between 23:00 on Saturday and 23:00 on Sunday, June 21.
Dangerous driving conditions and disruption to transport and business operations are possible in affected areas over the weekend.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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