Weather Video: Gita gone for good - but now Kelvin's remnants coming

Gita has gone and a large high is moving in behind it to bring a mostly dry, warm, weekend. However by Sunday the westerlies will be picking up in the South Island as a new low starts to develop in the Southern Ocean.
This low is being partially fuelled by the remnants of what was Cyclone Kelvin.

Update on the wind & rain for Weds/Thurs as Gita's remnants linger (+7 Maps)

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New Zealand still has another 36 hours or so of dealing with Gita's remnants but the worst has passed, generally speaking, for the country.

Cyclone Gita hits central New Zealand - Roofs off, emergencies declared, trees down, power out

Updated 8:55pm --- Cyclone Gita has hit central New Zealand knocking out power to tens of thousands of people, causing several states of emergency and closing highways due to slips, flooding and trees down.

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 partners with on a daily basis.

Gita Highlights as of Sunday:

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.

Cyclone Gita: Latest possible tracking into NZ next week (+6 Maps)

Severe Cyclone Gita remains a Category 4 cyclone this morning 1700kms directly north of Auckland, New Zealand. The cyclone is tracking westwards at 13km/h and will start to track more WSW in the coming 24 hours, before turning more southerly this weekend in the Tasman Sea.

Weather Video: Cyclone Gita’s precise track to NZ still not locked in

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita is closing in on eastern New Caledonia then it will move out into the Tasman Sea this weekend before curving around to New Zealand next week.

The storm will likely bring rain heavy enough for flooding in the New Zealand area but the computer modelling still isn’t on the same page about timing, exact location and intensity.

Cyclone Gita currently Category 5, to likely make landfall in NZ next week

Updated: Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita remains Category 5 status as of 4pm today over warm ocean waters 1800kms north of Auckland, New Zealand. The Fiji MetService confirmed this in their 3pm advisory, saying the air pressure is at 928hPa, tracking west at 9 knots.

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.