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Published: 2012-08-01 00:00:00

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Metservice has issued a new severe weather watch saying there is potential for heavy rainfall on the Coromandel peninsula over tomorrow and Friday.

The watch advisory indicates up to 60 millimetres of rain could fall over any 24 hour period during those two days.

Waikato Regional Council says if the falls do eventuate it will place additional pressure on local rivers, particularly those on the Hauraki Plains, which are already swollen by recent rains.

Emergency management officer Greg Ryan said there are no major river-related problems at this stage but added that the council will watch the developing situation closely.

“Given that catchments are saturated and rivers swollen, there is potential for any new heavy rain to push river levels up quickly around the Coromandel and Hauraki Plains.

“We urge farmers in those areas and the general public to remain on alert for rising river levels, slips and disruption to transport links over coming days.

“We will issue fresh advice as necessary.”

Rainfall and river level data is available at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz.