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Weather Video: A cyclone to our north but settled at home

Weather conditions across New Zealand are expected to be mainly settled this week, despite some cloud and shower activity says Philip Duncan in today’s weather video.

Cyclone Jasmine continues to very slowly strengthen directly north of New Zealand – halfway between New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The Cat 2 cyclone is expected to build into a Cat 3 storm today and tomorrow.

But fairly high air pressure over New Zealand means, for the most part, conditions will be settled this week and the next incoming high, moving at a snails pace, will help gently guide Jasmine away from NZ.  But it may come within 800kms of us – so we’re monitoring it.

Some eastern areas, like Gisborne and Northland, will still see cloudy periods and a few showers will linger off and on around East Cape for the next week or so – but overall conditions will be drier than wetter.

A weak front will also move into the South Island but will really only bring rain to Firodland and perhaps more of the West Coast.

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Guest on 7/02/2012 7:24am

Hey weatherwatch, do you guys see any tropical depressions/storms heading towards the north island anytime soon? Its getting pretty dry here in Waikato, a good tropical storm would be very nice!

WW Forecast Team on 7/02/2012 7:47pm

Hi there – no, not at this stage.  We thought 10 days ago that the cyclone near New Caledonia might drift towards the upper North Island but the next high is pushing in sooner than the models had originally picked so that low is being slowly guided to our north east instead.  May be a fairly dry week ahead but risk of showers increases again next week.



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