North Island prepares for 48 hours of 'severe weather'

Break out the umbrellas because "severe weather" is on its way for central and northern New Zealand. 

Kiwis are being warned of a "deep low" making its way down from the sub-tropics. 

The low is expected to move south across the North Island the next two days bringing heavy rain and gale force winds on Monday night through to Tuesday afternoon, MetService says. 

Weather is expected to meet "warning criteria" in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay on Monday night.  

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Manager Ian Macdonald says people can expect surface flooding, slips and possible power outages.

He's urging people to take care on the roads and get prepared, ensuring drains and gutters are clear, and stock are moved from low lying areas.

"We're not expecting any significant flooding in our major rivers, but there could be some localised flooding," says Mr Macdonald.

The highest risk is in the eastern part of Bay of Plenty where strong winds may exceed speeds of 63 km/h until Tuesday morning.

Auckland is due to experience "severe gales" late Monday and Tuesday afternoon, according to MetService. Rainfall may approach 100mm in 24 hours.

"Due to higher uncertainty than usual with forecasts we advise people to stay up to date with all forecasts," says WeatherWatch.co.nz head forecaster Philip Duncan. 

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