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Tropics waking up north of NZ for second half of March (+Animation)

It's likely a couple of tropical cyclones will form north of New Zealand over the next 10 days as conditions favour development of storms around the Solomon Sea, Coral Sea and also the Pacific between northern NZ and Fiji. 

There is some threat to NZ even if confidence levels are currently low at around 25%.


Severe Cyclone Pola a Category 4 storm on NZ's back doorstep - but it's about to be torn apart

Cyclone Pola has strengthened over open waters and has reached Category 4, on a scale up to 5, but is about to be torn apart by a huge high moving over New Zealand.


VIDEO: Cyclone Pola skirts past northern NZ + next week looks hotter for many

Severe Cyclone Pola is close to New Zealand to our north east but is unlikely to get a lot closer due to a powerful high pressure system building over the country.


VIDEO: Severe Cyclone Pola skirts Tonga, meanwhile we have the 14 day rainfall map for NZ

Cyclone Pola reached “severe” category 3 status late yesterday and will be a powerful offshore storm for another 48 hours or so.


Severe Cyclone Pola moves south towards NZ but will be blocked by high pressure (+6 Maps)

Cyclone Pola is now a severe Category 3 storm as it churns past Tonga out to sea, around 1900kms north east of Auckland, New Zealand. The storm is tracking southwards away from the equator.


VIDEO: Cyclone Pola forms, high pressure dominates NZ but another cold front arrives today

Another cyclone has former, this time to New Zealand’s north east and east of Fiji. Cyclone Pola is a Category 1 storm that will likely strengthen to Cat 2. However, just like with Cyclone Neil two weeks ago, Pola is tracking south away from the tropics and over cooler waters - so won’t be lasting too long.


Cyclone Pola forms north east of NZ, tracking our way but should be blocked by high pressure

As WeatherWatch.co.nz exclusively forecast last week a new cyclone has just formed east of Fiji. The storm has been named "Cyclone Pola" by the Fiji Met Service and is currently Category 1 (out of a scale up to 5) and will likely strengthen into a Cat 2 storm by the end of today.


VIDEO: Two tropical cyclones may form north of NZ before March 5 as high pressure dominates here

WeatherWatch.co.nz is monitoring two areas of concern that may produce more cyclones. The first has a moderate to high chance of forming in the next couple of days east of Fiji at sea (not heading to Fiji but instead tracking SW towards New Zealand).


Video: High & dry weather to dominate much of NZ this week, meanwhile tropics still active

High pressure is rolling in to New Zealand this week, the same high that helped tear apart Cyclone Oma at the weekend.

The high brings a colder than normal Monday and Monday night but by Tuesday the warmer westerlies are already kicking back in to the South Island with above normal daytime highs.


Updated Rainfall Accumulation Maps (x2) plus Temperature Maps (x2) showing colder change

Sunday will gradually become a windier day for a number of regions with central New Zealand (upper South Island, lower North Island) the most exposed to strong winds, late gales and pockets of heavy rain.