A very large high pressure system is moving into New Zealand bringing settled, calm, conditions to most places. It may be a bit gloomy in the west though, of both islands, as this high isnâ€™t a perfectly sunny one for everyone. However it will lock in a calm weekend for many areas as Thursdayâ€™s cold blast drifts further east away from the eastern North Island.
At the same time that New Zealand is under a high Vanuatu will be under a low – a deep one. Cyclone Donna is now a Severe Category 3 storm with winds expected to gust to 250km/h this weekend and flooding rains. All eyes will be on Vanuatu severe-weather-wise this weekend.
Itâ€™s still very unclear if Donna will bring flooding rains to New Zealand next week – but we take a look at several days from now to see what the latest thoughts are.