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New Zealand has two big storms nearby - Here's how they are similar, yet very different

Two powerful storms bookend New Zealand as we head into the end of the working week, Severe Cyclone Gita to the north and a deep Southern Ocean low to the south west. An area of weak high pressure only just holds on to the country today and tomorrow. 


Cyclone Gita expected to cross New Zealand on Tuesday/Wednesday (+4 Maps)

Updated 3:21pm --- Tropical Cyclone Gita remains a severe category 3 storm today and the air pressure remains fairly stable although up a tiny bit at 959hPa. It remains in a good position with little interference landwise and atmosphere-wise to weaken it significantly.


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.


VIDEO: NZ’s weather up until Sunday plus the possible future path of Cyclone Gita

Heavy rain and very high humidity continues to affect the upper North Island with Auckland experiencing some very tropical conditions and thunderstorms also popping up here in there in the upper north.


VIDEO: Philip Duncan talks to Jack Tame from TVNZ's Breakfast about Cyclone Gita's future

Jack Tame from TVNZ's Breakfast Show chats to WeatherWatch.co.nz head forecaster Philip Duncan as Cyclone Gita moves westwards away from Tonga on a several day track into the Tasman Sea.


Powerful Gita crosses southern Tonga, now out to open waters and later the Tasman Sea

Powerful Cyclone Gita is now starting to move away from Tonga after a night of ferocious weather with winds estimated to be sustained at 230km/h and gusts to 280km/h at the centre of the storm and huge seas creating waves over 11 metres.