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VIDEO: Cyclone Niran, 3 major quakes, tsunami warnings + NZ’s weekend southerly

It’s been a busy Friday with three severe earthquakes prompting tsunami warnings in New Zealand. You can view the latest warnings in the news section of our homepage.

Meanwhile, Severe Cyclone Niran continues to intensify and today (Friday) it is expected to reach Category 4 status. At the time of this update it was still Category 3. Niran is directly heading to New Caledonia.

This weekend New Zealand also has a windier, cooler, change on the way with a southerly kicking in as a low moves through.


Lynden on 5/03/2021 12:51am

We are really appreciating your weather updates, especially the latest. The Geonet seems to be overloaded.
Can you please explain why Napier got the thunderstorm and rain dump yesterday and Hastings missed out entirely? Something to do with the temperature differential over the ocean/shore and not enough left for us, or that it moved off elsewhere?

WW Forecast Team on 5/03/2021 12:56am

Hi Lynden, thanks for the supportive feedback, it’s very much appreciated. The downpours yesterday originated in Auckland and then spread down across the North Island. Some areas bubbled up and become more intense, other areas weakened and fell apart. In Auckland the North Shore originally missed the downpours that West Auckland got on Wednesday, but yesterday it reversed. The distance is about the same as from Napier to Hastings, so not surprising to have similar ‘hit and miss’ set ups with thunderstorms around Napier and Hastings yesterday as it all tracked south eastwards out to sea. Thunderstorms in the North Island aren’t often widespread across entire regions.
Phil D

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