A slow-moving low over the Tasman Sea is weakening, but it continues to direct a very moist northeasterly airstream onto the country.Heavy and thundery falls have affected much of the upper North Island, and also Fiordland and Westland, but the rain is gradually easing.

This Watch is for the likelihood of HEAVY RAIN meeting warning criteria (e.g. 50mm in 6 hours) in…

BAY OF PLENTY/ROTORUA: Until late Monday afternoon, periods of heavy rain with possible thunderstorms. Rainfall rates of 25mm per hour, or more.

Elsewhere, heavy falls are likely in Westland and a WARNING remains force. Please note, though, that rain has cleared in FIORDLAND, and the warning for FIORDLAND has been lifted.

Rain has eased in NELSON, the HEADWATERS of the OTAGO and WESTERN SOUTHLAND LAKES and RIVERS, SOUTHLAND, CLUTHA and DUNEDIN, and the Watch for these areas has been lifted.

In the North Island, there is still a risk of thunderstorms bringing localised heavy falls to many areas (see the latest THUNDERSTORMS OUTLOOK), but the risk of widespread heavy rain has eased in NORTHLAND, AUCKLAND and COROMANDEL PENINSULA, and the Watch for those areas has been lifted.

People are advised to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings.

This Watch will be reviewed by 9pm Monday 27 March

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