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Weather Video: Cyclone Oma may become a severe cyclone, we track it for a week

Forecasts are going to be changeable for one week from now across the North Island due to a tropical cyclone that may well be still a long way off from NZ but might still influence our weather.

Latest tracking is good news for Vanuatu and New Caledonia with the storm tracking further west hopefully in the days ahead, pushing it further out to sea.


Uncertainty about Cyclone Oma's track next week means New Zealanders should monitor

Slow moving Cyclone Oma has strengthened further and is now a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone just west of Vanuatu. The storm will inch slowly towards New Caledonia over the next couple of days and then stall there for much of next week.


Weather Video: The latest on Cyclone Oma and will NZ get any rain next week?

Cyclone Oma continues to lie over Vanuatu and will very slowly drift towards New Caledonia. It may then linger in this area for an entire week.

As for New Zealand we may still be impacted by this but the risk is low, around 30% as of today. We’ll keep you posted.


Cyclone Oma forms, could become bigger storm and linger over 10 days north of NZ (+4 Maps)

The second Tropical Cyclone in days north of New Zealand has formed and been named Oma by the Fiji Met Service. Current forecasts show it slowly tracking over Vanuatu and New Caledonia as a Category 2 storm over the coming days.


Giant tropical rainmaker set to tease NZ for weeks with frustratingly close heavy rain (+Rain Maps)

As of Tuesday there are three tropical lows the Fiji Met Service says all have cyclone potential. By Friday or the weekend all will have merged into one super low north of New Zealand with rainfall totals at sea of over 400mm in the two weeks ahead, but here in New Zealand very little wet stuff is forecast.


Nelson Fire: Dry, hot, weather ahead (+3 Local Rainfall Maps)

The hot, dry, weather in Nelson looks set to continue with basically no rain in sight for 10 days and highs inland reaching the late 20s and early 30s in the days ahead.


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.