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.

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.

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.

Increased tropical cyclone potential north of NZ next 14 days (+3 Maps)

The tropics north of New Zealand has become quite active in recent days with plenty of rain and downpours forming right across the South West Pacific.

Australia: Cyclone Blake forms near Broome, WA (+9 Maps)

Extensive Update: A Tropical Cyclone has been named by Australian forecasters. Tropical Cyclone Blake, near Broome, is currently Category 1 but may climb up another notch to Category 2.

This means it will likely bring some flooding and wind damage at the lower levels to the western desert side of Australia.

Sub-tropical deluge drifting slowly down the upper North Island has put out an alert for slow moving intense bands of rain this afternoon which are sub-tropical fuelled. Downpours heavy enough to cause localised flooding on roads, in basements and overwhelm gutters are a possibility across Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula this afternoon and into early evening in some areas.