Australia


Cyclone Gita - Latest tracking starts to firm up a little more (+7 Maps)

UPDATED 11:45pm Saturday --- Cyclone Gita still remains a Severe Category 3 tropical storm as it moves into the northern Tasman Sea, although it is likely to drop to a Category 2 cyclone overnight.


Weather Video: Cyclone Gita to hit NZ around Tuesday - extensive coverage of likely tracking

*Our Monday Video is delayed a bit as we get more data to talk about Cyclone Gita. The next video will be ready by mid Monday afternoon*


Cyclone Gita, a severe cyclone north west of New Zealand, has begun it’s slow southern turn towards the Tasman Sea and will most likely reach New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Cyclone Gita expected to cross New Zealand on Tuesday/Wednesday (+4 Maps)

Updated 3:21pm --- Tropical Cyclone Gita remains a severe category 3 storm today and the air pressure remains fairly stable although up a tiny bit at 959hPa. It remains in a good position with little interference landwise and atmosphere-wise to weaken it significantly.


Cyclone Gita: Latest possible tracking into NZ next week (+6 Maps)

Severe Cyclone Gita remains a Category 4 cyclone this morning 1700kms directly north of Auckland, New Zealand. The cyclone is tracking westwards at 13km/h and will start to track more WSW in the coming 24 hours, before turning more southerly this weekend in the Tasman Sea.


Weather Video: Cyclone Gita’s precise track to NZ still not locked in

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita is closing in on eastern New Caledonia then it will move out into the Tasman Sea this weekend before curving around to New Zealand next week.

The storm will likely bring rain heavy enough for flooding in the New Zealand area but the computer modelling still isn’t on the same page about timing, exact location and intensity.


Cyclone Gita currently Category 5, to likely make landfall in NZ next week

Updated: Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita remains Category 5 status as of 4pm today over warm ocean waters 1800kms north of Auckland, New Zealand. The Fiji MetService confirmed this in their 3pm advisory, saying the air pressure is at 928hPa, tracking west at 9 knots.


Stormy cold front swiping Tasmania & Melbourne, temp drops ahead for lower South Island

A sharp cold front has passed across Tasmania and the southern coastline of Victoria today bringing a period of heavy rain and gale force winds. 

Strong winds are expected across the state today.

Also expect a temperature drop behind the front. Maximum temperatures in areas between Melbourne and Adelaide will be mostly under 20C, significantly cooler than usual.


Weather Video: Cyclone Gita likely to make landfall in NZ next week

The forecasters and computer models are increasingly lining up and in agreement that next week Cyclone Gita will make a direct hit on New Zealand as a wind and rain event bringing a risk of flooding and wind damage.


Australia: Temperatures soar into the mid 40s, no immediate cool down for many (+4 Maps)

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Hot and dry conditions will persist over the eastern half of Australia (except tropics) thanks to relatively calm winds.

The summer monsoon will be inactive for the next several days possibly related to MJO development in the central Pacific. 


Fierce Aussie heatwave pushes temperatures into the 40C range (+4 Maps)

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Sunny weather dominates South Australia, Victoria and southern New South Wales as the heat wave continues. Solar radiation and northerly winds have caused much higher than usual daytime temperatures around these states.