Tropics


Weather Video: Southerly and cold front moves up New Zealand

A colder change is moving up the South Island and lower North Island today, dropping daytime temperatures by as much as 8 degrees below normal.

Rain or showers will move into the North Island over the next couple of days. By next week the Autumn weather pattern continues with a mix of highs, lows and cold fronts.


Australia: Cyclone Marcus may affect Perth in a week, another cyclone may follow

Cyclone Marcus formed Friday in northern Australia and is tracking westwards along the northern coastline and will pass Darwin today and tonight as a Category 1 tropical cyclone bringing lower end damaging winds and torrential rain.


Weather Video: A cyclone, two Southern Ocean lows and two big highs

The next five days ahead are busy with a short lived tropical cyclone named Linda to New Zealand’s north west, two storms in the Southern Ocean and two large highs crossing both islands.

None of these storms will directly hit New Zealand but Linda’s remnants may bring in some showers and humidity to northern NZ either this weekend or next week for a time.


Busy weather pattern for eastern Australia & NZ next few days, multiple highs & lows

Three high pressure systems and at least two or three lows will affect New Zealand's weather and coastal areas in the week ahead. Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Linda is unlikely to affect New Zealand in any serious way with the storm expected to fall apart tomorrow and Friday. It may bring a few showers to northern New Zealand into the weekend and early next week though.


Video: Settled weather builds after Hola but so does a new cyclone in the Coral Sea

Cyclone Hola missed New Zealand for the most part with damaging winds hugging the northern coastline but not pressing across land enough to cause serious problems.

Cyclone develops over Coral Sea, some remnants may reach northern NZ

A small tropical cyclone has formed in the Coral Sea according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center Tuesday morning. Australian forecasters will be responsible for naming it, which should/may happen today and if so it will be named Linda. Australian forecasters are still only calling it a "tropical low" as of 10am NZDT.


If Hola came from the tropics, why is it so cold!? (+2 Maps, +1 Infographic)

Ex-tropical cyclone Hola started its life around Fiji and Vanuatu and it's come directly towards New Zealand, so why are people feeling cold today in the north?

It all depends on which side of the centre of the low you're on. Now that Hola is 'extra-tropical' it means it's being fed with cold air on one side, hot tropical air on the other.


Hola's worst winds at sea, moderate rain spreading south (+6 Maps)

UPDATE --- Cyclone Hola's transition into an extratropical storm is breaking up the portions of severe weather with the worst winds very close to New Zealand but remaining offshore to the east away from people and property for the most part.


Weather Video: Ex-Cyclone Hola brushes NZ tonight, another storm behind it?

Ex tropical cyclone Hola will later today and tonight/overnight brush the upper and eastern half of the North Island bringing a burst of wind and rain.


Heavy rain heads south, but only half of Hola to brush upper North Island (+8 Maps)

UPDATED 11:18am Monday --- Ex-Cyclone Hola, which still has Category 1 equivalent strength, is today pushing into the upper North Island bringing rain with heavy falls and pockets of severe weather too. The storm is, however, weakening as it completes the process to become extra-tropical and windshear is helping tear the centre apart.