The remnants of ex-cyclone Debbie will this week cross New Zealand as a deepening low pressure system bringing rain heavy enough to cause areas of flooding in both islands says WeatherWatch.co.nz.
The humid, sub-tropical, air flow dragged over New Zealand by the Tasman Sea low will help spark some slow moving big downpours here.
The remnants of ex-cyclone Debbie are going to drift towards New Zealand this weekend but the main feature over Saturday and Sunday will be rain moving into the West Coast with heavy falls on Sunday and a colder change moving up the South Island, also on Sunday.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie left a mark that's visible from space in the ocean waters near the Great Barrier Reef this week before it lashed northeast Australia's Queensland Province. The fierce winds from Debbie, which peaked at Category 4 strength, also caused turbulent water that may have damaged some of the corals.
Ex-cyclone Debbie continues to unleash a torrent of rain over Queensland with half a metre (500mm) expected for some areas.
The low is going to weaken considerably over the next 48 hours then drift out into the Tasman Sea.
Debbie has lost cyclone status and is now crossing further into Queensland bringing more rain as wind becomes less of an issue. Flooding concerns will be considerable with over 500mm expected from Debbie.
Updated 6:48pm -- Severe Category 4 Cyclone Debbie, which was close to Category 5 earlier, has now made landfall in eastern Australia says WeatherWatch.co.nz and has weakened to a Cat 3 storm.
The centre of Debbie moved right over Airlie Beach.
In our first weather video of 2017 we bring you a special update on Cyclone Debbie as it now reaches Severe Category 3 and may reach Cat 4.
Head forecaster Philip Duncan takes a look at Debbie's progress over the coming days and also at how it might affect the rain and weather patterns around both eastern Australia and New Zealand as we head into April.
Cyclone Debbie continues to move towards Queensland on Monday with landfall still likely on Tuesday. WeatherWatch.co.nz says the storm hasn't strengthened very much overnight but in the past hour Australian authorities have lifted it to a Cat 3 storm which makes it severe.
Queenslanders are on high alert as Cyclone Debbie north west of New Zealand continues to intensify and head directly towards the Sunshine State.