Storm


InfoGraphic: The Big Picture for Tuesday / Wednesday

Cyclone Gita approaches fast today with its centre moving over the upper South Island later this evening / overnight.

Gita moves over the upper South Island later in the evening today. With this very tightly packed and deep low comes very strong winds and very heavy rain for central parts of the country.


Weather Video: Cyclone Gita to hit central New Zealand on Tuesday PM

Cyclone Gita remains a Category 2 tropical storm in the Tasman Sea, it’s a long way south for a tropical cyclone and shows little signs of weakening very much as it makes landfall in New Zealand on Tuesday evening.


Cyclone Gita - Where the worst of the wind and rain will likely be (+7 Maps)

Cyclone Gita remains a 'low end' Category 2 Tropical Cyclone in the Tasman Sea and will reach New Zealand by Tuesday afternoon and evening, likely making landfall in the north western corner of the South Island at this stage on Tuesday night, with the equivalent of a Category 1 storm.


More details on Cyclone Gita as it approaches NZ (+7 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Gita remains a Category 2 storm and is located in the central/northern Tasman Sea. Winds are sustained in the centre at around 95km/h.

Here's the latest for New Zealand by qualified meteorologists at The Weather Company especially for WeatherWatch.co.nz.


Latest tracking map & details on Gita's 48 hour path to New Zealand

Tropical Cyclone Gita remains a Category 2 storm with winds sustained at aro

Cyclone Gita: A tricky twist in the forecast, plus more FAQs (+10 Maps)

Extensive Coverage --- Cyclone Gita is now a strong Category 2 Tropical Cyclone with central air pressure of 975hPa and continues to track SW - but is turning southerly towards New Zealand and will weaken a little further today as it does that. This small weakening could see sustained winds dropping from 111km/h to 93km/h.


Cyclone Gita: The latest thinking on rainfall totals across New Zealand (+4 maps)

We still have a another day or so to lock this in but here's the first detailed thinking of rainfall accumulations, by qualified meteorologists WeatherWatch.co.nz partners with on a daily basis.

Gita Highlights as of Sunday:


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.


FAQs about Cyclone Gita and how it might affect New Zealand next week

We are getting a lot of questions about the cyclone and the risks for New Zealand. We still don't know exactly how severe this storm will be - or if it will zip through fast minimising the risks. Either way it is one for all New Zealanders to be aware of.

Below are the most frequent questions we are getting, also some links to other resources.


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.