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

  • Gita will track southeastwards toward central New Zealand around Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.
  • On arrival Gita is expected to have maximum sustained wind speed of 85km/h (gale force is 62 km/h)
  • The mountains and ranges will see gusts much higher.
  • The interaction with an upper level cold pool leads the transition to an extra-tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours.
  • On Tuesday, frontal rainfall over Wellington, Tasman, Nelson, and Canterbury will precede the arrival of Gita. Locally heavy falls for several hours are possible over those areas. Flooding is possible.
  • The peak of rainfall in the northern part of the South Island will be during Tuesday night. 
  • Rain will continue into Wednesday mainly in the east of the South Island.
  • Very dangerous seas and coastal conditions around the country, especially the west.
  • Keep up to date with Government Agency MetService and their warnings, watches and outlooks.

Please note - Our next weather video update will be mid afternoon today, a bit later than usual as we work to fine tune the forecast. 

- Tracking by JTWC (US Government), Weather maps by The Weather Company