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Cyclone Gita: A tricky twist in the forecast, plus more FAQs (+10 Maps)

Extensive Coverage --- Cyclone Gita is now a strong Category 2 Tropical Cyclone with central air pressure of 975hPa and continues to track SW - but is turning southerly towards New Zealand and will weaken a little further today as it does that. This small weakening could see sustained winds dropping from 111km/h to 93km/h.


Cyclone Gita: The latest thinking on rainfall totals across New Zealand (+4 maps)

We still have a another day or so to lock this in but here's the first detailed thinking of rainfall accumulations, by qualified meteorologists WeatherWatch.co.nz partners with on a daily basis.

Gita Highlights as of Sunday:


Cyclone Gita - Latest tracking starts to firm up a little more (+7 Maps)

UPDATED 11:45pm Saturday --- Cyclone Gita still remains a Severe Category 3 tropical storm as it moves into the northern Tasman Sea, although it is likely to drop to a Category 2 cyclone overnight.


FAQs about Cyclone Gita and how it might affect New Zealand next week

We are getting a lot of questions about the cyclone and the risks for New Zealand. We still don't know exactly how severe this storm will be - or if it will zip through fast minimising the risks. Either way it is one for all New Zealanders to be aware of.

Below are the most frequent questions we are getting, also some links to other resources.


Weather Video: Cyclone Gita to hit NZ around Tuesday - extensive coverage of likely tracking

*Our Monday Video is delayed a bit as we get more data to talk about Cyclone Gita. The next video will be ready by mid Monday afternoon*


Cyclone Gita, a severe cyclone north west of New Zealand, has begun it’s slow southern turn towards the Tasman Sea and will most likely reach New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday.


New Zealand has two big storms nearby - Here's how they are similar, yet very different

Two powerful storms bookend New Zealand as we head into the end of the working week, Severe Cyclone Gita to the north and a deep Southern Ocean low to the south west. An area of weak high pressure only just holds on to the country today and tomorrow. 


Cyclone Gita expected to cross New Zealand on Tuesday/Wednesday (+4 Maps)

Updated 3:21pm --- Tropical Cyclone Gita remains a severe category 3 storm today and the air pressure remains fairly stable although up a tiny bit at 959hPa. It remains in a good position with little interference landwise and atmosphere-wise to weaken it significantly.


Cyclone Gita: Latest possible tracking into NZ next week (+6 Maps)

Severe Cyclone Gita remains a Category 4 cyclone this morning 1700kms directly north of Auckland, New Zealand. The cyclone is tracking westwards at 13km/h and will start to track more WSW in the coming 24 hours, before turning more southerly this weekend in the Tasman Sea.


Weather Video: Cyclone Gita’s precise track to NZ still not locked in

Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita is closing in on eastern New Caledonia then it will move out into the Tasman Sea this weekend before curving around to New Zealand next week.

The storm will likely bring rain heavy enough for flooding in the New Zealand area but the computer modelling still isn’t on the same page about timing, exact location and intensity.


Cyclone Gita currently Category 5, to likely make landfall in NZ next week

Updated: Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita remains Category 5 status as of 4pm today over warm ocean waters 1800kms north of Auckland, New Zealand. The Fiji MetService confirmed this in their 3pm advisory, saying the air pressure is at 928hPa, tracking west at 9 knots.