EX-TC Uesi moves into NZ's South Island - 12 Maps explain it all

EX-TC “Uesi” is approaching southwestern NZ from the northwest on Sunday while strengthening temporarily - it is expected to cross over Fiordland, Westland, Otago and Southland from late Sunday to early Monday while slowly weakening. Despite the centre of the low crossing these areas most of the 'weather' is on the West Coast.

Uesi Impacts

Sunday's national forecast as ex-Cyclone Uesi moves in (+5 Maps)

Ex-tropical cyclone Uesi will today move into the South Island and will likely make landfall in Fiordland and South Westland tonight, that's when the centre is likely to cross land.

Drought Watch: After Uesi comes the chance of isolated showers for drought zones next week

Ex-cyclone Uesi may be missing the North Island - but the leftovers may produce some welcome downpours next week in NZ's driest regions.

Showers, by definition, are off and on and hit and miss - so not everyone will be lucky enough to get some rain. But in New Zealand some of our droughts get fixed this way, by repetitive afternoon downpours rather than a low bringing rain.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi reaches NZ on Sunday - latest rainfall totals, gusts, swells (+9 Maps) has the latest rainfall outlook for the next few days across the country as ex-cyclone Uesi moves in to the South Island.

Ex-cyclone Uesi will still be a storm when it reaches NZ (+8 maps)

Uesi isn't a tropical cyclone anymore but change to the structure of the low pressure system does not mean that its power is weakening soon. In fact the storm is still likely to bring intense rain for a time, a burst of gales and dangerous seas.

VIDEO: Uesi reaches NZ on Sunday & downpours possible in drought zones next week

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Uesi may have technically lost its tropical cyclone status but it’s still a storm with a punch and will reach the South Island on Sunday with gales, heavy rain and dangerous seas.

For the most part the ex-tropical storm is a rainmaker with 150mm likely in 24 hours on the West Coast.

Uesi now an Ex-tropical cyclone, but it's named for a reason - it could still pack a punch

Uesi is no longer a tropical cyclone, it's now an extra-tropical cyclone as it moves over the Tasman Sea - but that doesn't mean it's weakening much.

Despite the technical change, which sees tropical air that fuelled the once tropical cyclone replaced with 'cooler' air from the New Zealand / Tasman Sea area, Uesi is named for a reason - it's still a storm of significance. 

Uesi Update: Warmer Tasman Sea adds fuel to Cyclone Uesi (+Animation of storm reaching NZ)

Cyclone Uesi today moves into the Tasman Sea area and on Friday will lie between New Zealand and Australia. On Sunday it moves into the South Island of NZ with heavy rain on the West Coast and some spillover to the east.

VIDEO: Cyclone Uesi to hit South Island while North Island looking more humid

Tropical Cyclone Uesi is now over the Tasman Sea area and will be there for the next few days as it tracks southwards.

This tracking will mean it hits the West Coast of the South Island later on Sunday and lingering over Monday and Tuesday.

Drought Watch: How the rest of February is shaping up rainwise with 2 cyclones nearby (+5 Maps)

Tropical storms are bubbling up and coming near New Zealand and while the North Island misses out on direct rain, there are some silver linings.