VIDEO: An update on the tropics and a new tropical storm

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Philip Duncan discusses what's happening in the tropics with details on the cyclone that will brush past eastern New Zealand next week, the latest on the two tropical storms affecting Australia and what are the current sea surface temperatures around New Zealand?

Tropical low develops north of NZ, cyclone likely in 48 hours

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The Fiji Meteorological Service has confirmed this morning that a tropical low has now formed east of Vanuatu. 

The tropical low is expected to become a tropical cyclone before the end of Sunday with cyclone status possible as early as Saturday night. says it looks like it may become the largest low pressure system in Australasia next week as it tracks south east, to the north east of the North Island.

The storm, which says could reach category four status, is predicted to develop near three populated nations, however despite it's size and location Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan says the threat to land may not be high. 

Cyclone Carlos downgraded...for now

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The tropics between western Australia and Samoa are now in full swing with two tropical storms currently active and another one about to develop north of New Zealand this weekend predicts

It's hot, it's humid - so why no thunder this summer?

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There has been a distinct lack of thunderstorms this summer over New Zealand despite the heat and humidity holding up their end of the bargain, reports

Last summer dramatic thunderstorms pummeled much of the country and in particular the Waikato region.  But this summer, apart from a couple of days, the thunderstorms have remained well away from New Zealand.

So we spoke to NIWA and another expert to find out why.

Overnight lows to start dropping as nights grow longer

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While summer still has another two to five weeks remaining (depending on when you consider summer officially ends) the overnight lows are going to start sliding downhill from now on predicts

NZ bakes in hottest month ever

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Hundred-year-old records are tumbling as unrelenting heat sets New Zealand on course for its hottest February ever.

Most regions are between 2C and 3C hotter than normal as the strongest La Nina weather pattern in 30 years drives warm air and heavy humidity over the North Island.

Tropical heat in the NI, cool in the SI

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It's a nation of two halves today as tropical heat pushes across the North Island but a fairly cool southerly flow blows across the South.

Tauranga Airport reached 31 degrees today with predicting the CBD and neighbouring suburbs may have even been as high as 32 or 33.

Kawerau and Hastings also topped 31 degrees today.

Significant new cyclone threat emerging


Long range computer models, which accurately predicted Cyclone Yasi's exact path and strength up to to 10 days in advance, are now picking a new cyclone is going to form directly north of New Zealand in the next 7 days reports

Quick kiwi weather quiz

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Feel free to put your answers in our comments section and we'll provide the answers later.

1/ What year was New Zealand's highest temperature of 42.4 degrees recorded?

Thunder possible in far north and west

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Skies are brewing today in the north and west of the country as humid easterlies pick up the pace after a muggy night. 
Temperatures struggled to drop below 20 degrees in many centres including Auckland but with the humidity, it certainly felt considerably warmer.