'Heavy, thundery, tropical downpours' -Cyclone Debbie's tail set to hit New Zealand

A nasty spell of weather is set to hit New Zealand tonight, as the tail of Cyclone Debbie heads towards the country. 

It is forecast to strike the country with torrential downpours and high winds. 

Warnings are in place for floods and land slips across much of North Island and the top of the South Island. 

"Mother Nature has spit the dummy, and in a big way," 1 NEWS weather meteorologist Dan Corbett said.

Warnings are in place for floods and landslips. Our weather expert Dan Corbett has the details. Source: 1 NEWS

Wild weather could lead to flooding across the country over the coming days.

The North Island and upper South Island will be the first hit with rain tomorrow, with heavy falls especially in Wellington.

It is predicted Wednesday will have very heavy bursts of rain, across the lower North Island and Central Plateau. 

"Heavy, thundery, tropical downpours – it's like raining twice as quickly with a big old fire hose," Dan said.

It should clear, eventually, by Thursday.

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TVNZ weather presenter Dan Corbett with the latest update. Source: 1 NEWS

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