Tropics


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.


Northern NZ feels like the tropics + Cyclone Gita's possible future track (+10 maps)

The upper North Island is officially wetter than it should be for this time of the year (no kidding!) as humidity up to 100% along with heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms continues today and to a lesser degree on Wednesday.

Water vapour satellite maps show the exceptionally damp airflow connecting to the tropics and even around the area Cyclone Gita is in.


VIDEO: NZ’s weather up until Sunday plus the possible future path of Cyclone Gita

Heavy rain and very high humidity continues to affect the upper North Island with Auckland experiencing some very tropical conditions and thunderstorms also popping up here in there in the upper north.


VIDEO: Philip Duncan talks to Jack Tame from TVNZ's Breakfast about Cyclone Gita's future

Jack Tame from TVNZ's Breakfast Show chats to WeatherWatch.co.nz head forecaster Philip Duncan as Cyclone Gita moves westwards away from Tonga on a several day track into the Tasman Sea.


Powerful Gita crosses southern Tonga, now out to open waters and later the Tasman Sea

Powerful Cyclone Gita is now starting to move away from Tonga after a night of ferocious weather with winds estimated to be sustained at 230km/h and gusts to 280km/h at the centre of the storm and huge seas creating waves over 11 metres.


Weather Video: Severe Cyclone Gita aims for Tonga + NZ’s outlook to Saturday

Category 4 and possibly soon Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Gita is today and tonight heading to Tonga. It is expected to pass directly over the main island and capital, or at least brush the tiny island with the storm’s full force.


Tonga: It doesn't get much worse than this, Cyclone Gita likely to make direct hit (+6 Maps)

The latest forecast for Tonga is not something you want to see - a forecast for already Category 4 Severe Cyclone Gita to reach Category 5 status (the highest on the scale) in the Tonga area and likely make a direct hit over the top of Tonga and the capital Nuku'alofa on the main island Tongatapu tonight and early Tuesday.


Severe Cyclone Gita to track over southern Tonga, later Norfolk Island & NZ area (+8 Maps)

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita is a Category 3 storm as it starts to curve towards southern Tonga today and Monday. The powerful storm is likely to become a Category 4 cyclone as it turns and tracks westwards over the next 24 to 48 hours.


How much more Rain is coming Sunday/Monday? We break it down for you (+5 Maps)

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New Zealand is smothered in moisture-rich subtropical air creating low cloud, fog, mist, drizzle and areas of quite heavy rain. This set up continues across Sunday and into Monday and while it mostly clears into Tuesday a narrow band of rain will linger over the North Island with nothing to blow it away due to increasing air pressure. It should mostly fade away by Wednesday.


Tropical Cyclone Gita now a 'Severe' Cat 3 storm, Cat 4 expected (+6 Maps)

UPDATED 10:20pm --- Gita is now a 'Severe' Category 3 Tropical Cyclone and is forecast to grow into a Category 4 storm as it churns around a number of South Pacific islands to the north east of New Zealand.

The cyclone has caused considerable damage to Samoa where a 'state of disaster' has been declared, according to Radio New Zealand Pacific.