Cyclone Winston has become part of our daily programming now, as he hovers around the South Pacific.
There is little change to our forecast for New Zealand – we still expext Winston to return south west towards New Zealand next week. Winston may get quite close to the North Island, but so far most models do not pick a direct hit. Models that don’t favour a near a miss to New Zealand show Winston falling apart north east of the North Island well in advance. Dangerous beach conditions, however, may still move in next week to the north east.
So, it remains something to monitor daily – but poses no direct threat to New Zealand.
However Winston – still Category 4 – is now tracking towards south eastern Fiji. Suva is within the cone of uncertainty – the area where the centre of the cyclone may travel.
Fijian authorities have begun stepping up weather updates about Winston for the main island and surrounding smaller islands, particularly to the south and south east of Suva.
WeatherWatch.co.nz will continue to have daily updates on Winston.
– Fiji Met