VIDEO: Ex-Cyclone Tino churns up some NZ beaches, Dry end to January for most

It’s our first weather video of 2020 and we’re tracking the increased waves and rips brought in by ex-Cyclone Tino which now lies east of the North Island.

The storm will not impact our weather but it will increase wave heights, frequency and rips in our eastern beaches - mainly the North Island.

Cyclone Tino's remnants to churn up some eastern NZ beaches Monday to Wednesday (+4 Maps)

Cyclone Tino is moving closer to New Zealand and while it won't directly impact our weather it will churn up some eastern beaches.

I see red, I see red, I see red... Summer weather in NZ finally arrives! (+2 Maps)

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It's been slow coming for some regions but true summer weather is now locked in across much of New Zealand.

Serious and severe Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Tino takes direct aim at Tonga (+7 Maps)

BREAKING NEWS --- Tropical Cyclone Tino is now a 'Severe' Category 3 storm as it moves directly towards Tonga today. This is not good news for Tonga with a direct or near hit likely this evening.

Tino will be north east of NZ by Monday as an ex-cyclone.

Cyclone Tino to churn up NZ's North Island beaches next week (+6 Maps)

Tropical Cyclone Tino is approaching Fiji today, Tonga on Saturday and by early next week the storm will be an ex-cyclone near New Zealand.

In fact next week the remnants of Tino will rapidly intensify as the cyclone leaves the tropics and becomes extra-tropical. (This process shifts the core of the storm from having warm air to cold air).

Cyclone threat to Fiji & Tonga next 48 hours, threat to NZ beaches Mon & Tue (+7 Maps)

A tropical cyclone is likely to be named later today by the Fiji Met Service as the depression deepens and sets a track to Fiji, Tonga and east of NZ.

Latest guidance still suggests the storm will be developing and deepening as it crosses Fiji on Friday and Friday night with the storm likely peaking in power on Saturday as it departs Fiji and approaches Tonga.

Donate NZ wide for the animal victims injured in the Australian Fires

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An online Facebook Auction is now underway with NZ-wide fundraising for the Australian animal bushfire victims.

The auction officially opened for bidding Tuesday 14th and runs until 7pm Sunday 19th January 2020.

Fiji & Tonga brace for direct impact by potential cyclone, alert for some NZ beaches (+9 Maps)

A tropical storm is developing and forecasters expect it to become a tropical cyclone by Wednesday or Thursday with Fiji exposed to a direct hit on Friday, then Tonga this Saturday. New Zealand is unlikely to have a direct hit but the storm may influence beach conditions here creating for dangerous conditions despite the sunny weather here.

Sizeable cyclone may brush NZ in 7 days time, Fiji & Tonga more exposed

The tropics are becoming very active north of NZ with saying conditions are ideal for Tropical Cyclone formation this coming week.

Sunday's national forecast

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High pressure remains over the North Island today, but only just, with the anticyclone centred well north east of the Chatham Islands.

This set up allows a much warmer sub-tropical airflow down over many places, as far south as the upper South Island where it merges with a windy nor'wester thanks to that cold front moving up the West Coast (and falling apart tonight).