Tropics


VIDEO: Cyclone Rita near Vanuatu, plus a Southern Ocean storm for NZ next week

WeatherWatch.co.nz is tracking two storm systems, one right now north of NZ near Vanuatu (Cyclone Rita) and the other is a developing storm in the Southern Ocean for next week.

The storm next week will likely bring gales, heavy rain and big seas around parts of New Zealand as a low at least three times the size of Australia gets stuck south of us.


VIDEO: Cyclone Rita forms near Vanuatu but most of NZ hotter & drier than normal

The first tropical cyclone of the South Pacific Cyclone Season has formed near Vanuatu, we have the latest tracking.

In NZ we take a closer look at the extended hot and dry spell continuing in many regions. For some the entire week ahead will be dry and mostly sunny and will feel more like summer.


Cyclone Rita forms near Vanuatu, high pressure should block it from NZ (+2 Maps)

The first tropical cyclone of 2019-2020 season has formed just east of Vanuatu and will peak in strength over the next 24 hours before weakening.

For now Cyclone Rita isn't forecast to be a major headache, likely drifting south for a day then curving westwards into Vanuatu - but by then it may have already lost its tropical cyclone title and be just a tropical rainmaker.


Animation: Sub-tropical airflow descends across New Zealand

It's warmer than average right across Aotearoa today and it's all thanks to two airflows, both out of the subtropics.

Like a bath with two hot water taps, NZ today has two streams of sub-tropical air moving across each main island.


VIDEO: Weekend wind and rain, before cool & warm changes next week

It may have felt like summer in some places lately but spring is still with us and this weekend NZ gets a burst of strong to gale nor’westers with heavy western rain.

The North Island in particular is also dealing with a tropical airflow from Fiji making it feel more like the end of December rather than the start of November.


Animation: Fiji airflow explains why so many regions are warmer than average (+4 Maps)

The air flow across New Zealand has quite the journey at the moment, originating around Fiji and tracking as far south as Antarctica where it then gets pulled back into a Southern Ocean storm. 


Typhoon Hagibis now departing Japan - Latest forecast & tracking (+4 Maps)

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall Saturday night in Japan and is now already exiting the nation, but more severe weather is likely today before finally clearing tonight.

CURRENTLY:

  • Central Pressure is 975 hPa


Typhoon Hagibis makes direct aim for Tokyo as it makes landfall in Japan

Updated 12:20am Sunday NZDT, 8:20pm Saturday JST --- A major disaster is expected over both the coastal and inland areas of the Pacific side of eastern & northern Japan as Typhoon Hagibis bears down.
 
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VIDEO: NZ has a sub-tropical storm on Monday and Tuesday

Recorded Friday -- We have New Zealand’s forecast and we are tracking a sub-tropical low in the upper North Island this Monday. It has potential for severe weather and is one to monitor.

We are also tracking Typhoon Hagibis as it heads towards Tokyo, Japan with a special in-depth update as the storm approaches there this weekend.


Typhoon Hagibis aiming for Japan, Rugby World Cup to be affected (+Maps)

A serious storm is bearing down on Japan. Typhoon Hagibis currently has wind gusts up to 315km/h out over the Pacific Ocean. Winds are sustained around 260km/h at the moment.

By the time the storm approaches Tokyo on Saturday sustained winds will be down to 195km/h and reducing even further as it loses typhoon status - but still will be a very significant storm.