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Weather Video: Tropical rainmakers so close yet so far away as NZ seriously dries out - the latest

There are at least 3 tropical areas of concern today north of NZ and while these will all merge into one very large low this weekend the high pressure system in the NZ area may keep it away…for now.
 
In a frustrating forecast for many who need rain this giant tropical rain maker will lie very close to northern NZ not just for a few days, but possibly for the rest of

Tropical storms north of NZ to merge this week to create one low the size of Australia

It's stormy north of New Zealand with at least 4 low pressure systems, one of which was a tropical cyclone briefly over the weekend (named Neil) and two more storms which may reach cyclone status in the days ahead too.


Cyclone Neil forms, poses direct threat to Tonga today, another bigger storm possible days later (+3 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Neil has formed east of Fiji and will track southwards towards Tonga, caught up in a large area of tropical unrest that will remain north of New Zealand for possibly the rest of February, producing further lows and cyclones.


Weather Video: Your weekend forecast + tracking the several tropical lows now forming

The weekend looks fairly settled in most of the main centres but some of the rural areas may be impacted by showers, like eastern Northland, East Cape and the West Coast.

Two large tropical lows will drift past East Cape on Sunday and Monday bringing some rain or shower activity.


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Parts of America are experiencing bitterly cold weather this week as temperatures drop to record-challenging lows in some central and northern parts of the country.


Weather Video: Your Weekend weather, outlook for Waitangi Day and a look at the tropics

A colder change is moving up the country for Friday and Saturday and while some will have a significant refreshing change others further north will barely notice the difference.

Next week we see more hot weather on Monday and Tuesday but on Wednesday a cooler change with showers moves up the nation.


Tropics looking highly active in mid February, rain and humid wind might impact NZ (+2 Maps)

It's looking increasingly likely that the tropics will impact New Zealand's weather as we head towards the middle of February with WeatherWatch.co.nz today saying there is a big disruption coming to the weather patterns well north of us as early as next week.


Video: A cool change coming for NZ + latest on Waitangi Day, also temps lower than -50C grip USA

We have a significant cool change arriving on Friday with many in the South Island dropping from the low to mid 30s to the late teens and early 20s, a drop of 10 to 14 degrees for some.


Waitangi Day may be wet for some + Tropics really changing shape north of NZ next week

Easterlies are about to dominate northern New Zealand and humidity levels may be about to lift further as the tropics wakes up, expands, and flirts with New Zealand in the coming weeks.


February Tropics Alert: Cyclone risk north of NZ set to rapidly rise (+4 Maps)

There's a fairly high chance that conditions north of New Zealand in the tropics will be active in the first half of February and while New Zealand won't be directly affected at this stage it looks as though there may be some tropical energy around some populated places.