Rain forecast for Gisborne ranges
MetService has a heavy rain watch in place for the Gisborne ranges — which may bring some relief from the current dry spell.
A front from the south is forecast to move northeast, bringing rain across the North Island this evening and during Saturday.
A heavy rain watch is in place for the ranges of eastern Bay of Plenty and Gisborne from late this afternoon to 11pm tomorrow, for a period of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms.
Rainfall amounts may approach short duration warning criteria during this time.