Australia


VIDEO: Autumn cold front for NZ this week + a quick Cyclone Wallace update for WA

We have a typical Autumnal week this week which sees a variety of weather with warmer conditions moving in across the next couple of days for many places before a cold front on Wednesday and Thursday.


Australia: Tropical Cyclone Wallace likely to reach severe Cat 3 offshore from WA

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Tropical Cyclone Wallace has formed off the coast from Western Australia and while it does threaten the same area hit by Cyclone Veronica a few weeks ago the latest data is looking more positive for the Pilbara.

The latest guidance WeatherWatch.co.nz trusts shows the storm growing out at sea and reaching severe category 3 status over the next few days.


Australia: Record dry start to 2019 in Melbourne

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Melbourne is having its driest start to a year on record, with less than one third of the city's average rain falling during the last three months.

At 9am on Friday April 5th, Melbourne had only received 42.0mm of rain since the beginning of 2019. This is the city's lowest amount of rain to this point in the year on record, with data available back to the 1850's.


VIDEO: NZ’s weather a bit repetitive next few days + Update on WA cyclone potential

The weekend and even the start of next week looks a little repetitive around NZ with a large block of high pressure crossing over parts of the South Island while windier E to SE winds affect the North Island bringing cloud and showers in to the east and pushing inland to some degree.


VIDEO: Cooler weather for NZ next few days + New cyclone potential for Western Australia

An enormous area of high pressure is centred over Tasmania and covers much of Australia and the Tasman Sea - stopping significant rainmakers from reaching NZ. However the air flow around the high will encourage showers, some may be a little heavy in eastern areas.

Western Australia's Pilbara about to get hit by second tropical cyclone

WeatherWatch.co.nz says another tropical cyclone is expected in Western Australia and remarkably it may make landfall in the same place Cyclone Veronica recently did, around Karratha and Port Headland in the Pilbara region.


Australia: A wet start to autumn for Sydney

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After below average rainfall over summer, autumn has gotten off to a very wet start.

Sydney recorded its wettest month in two years this March, and had done so by just over halfway through the month. By 9am on March 30th 229mm had fallen at Observatory Hill, the most rainfall recorded in any month since March 2017 when 326.6mm fell in the rain gauge.


VIDEO: NZ - Some rain this week & next + Final Australia update on Trevor & Veronica

Heavy rain continues on the West Coast today with a chance of slips and flooding until Wednesday afternoon when the front finally moves into the North Island and weakens under high pressure. Still, the front should bring some relief into dry parts of the North Island late Wednesday and Thursday.


VIDEO: A stormier Autumn pattern arrives this week, ex-cyclone Trevor may bring rain next week

The new Autumn pattern is here and it means more changeable weather and finally getting some windier weather too, after what has been a remarkably calm start to 2019.

The warmer than average pattern continues for another few days with torrential rain on the West Coast leading to some impressive rainfall totals.


Cyclone Trevor now inland but still a 'severe' Cat 3 storm, Cyclone Veronica to make landfall WA Sunday

Updated 5:50pm NZDT (2:20pm ACST, 12:50pm AWST) --- Cyclone Trevor has made landfall as a severe Category 4 storm but has weakened a little to a Category 3 - this is still classed as 'severe'.

It made landfall between Port McArthur and the NT/QLD border around 11am in NT.

Landfall is specifically when the centre of the 'eye' of the cyclone crosses land.