Rain over Tasman Bay and Rabbit Island on Sunday evening.

Heavy rain expected tonight

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Heavy rain is expected to lash Nelson, Richmond and other parts of the Tasman District tonight.

The Metservice issued a heavy rain warning this afternoon, after an already sodden Sunday and Nelson City Council warned residents to be careful.

“Between 5pm Sunday and 3am Monday, localised downpours are likely about the Tasman District, especially west of Richmond, although these could extend to Nelson City. Localised rainfall rates of 30 to 50mm per hour are possible during this time and total accumulations could reach around 100mm in places,” reported the Metservice.