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Are droughts starting to develop in parts of NZ? We examine as March kicks off very dry (+5 Maps)

The Tasman Sea is being dominated by high pressure and it's killing off our rainmakers with more of the same to come in the start of March according to WeatherWatch.co.nz.


Weather Video: Severe Cyclone Oma less likely to hit NZ, severe weather still possible

Cyclone Oma made it back to “severe” Category 3 status overnight and this morning as it moves further away from New Caledonia and out into the open waters of the Coral Sea.


Wintry temperatures this weekend for some parts of NZ (+2 Temperature Maps)

As WeatherWatch.co.nz forecast yesterday a colder change arrives this Friday and may be enhanced further over the weekend depending on what specifically unfolds in the New Zealand area. Either way, the data supports temperatures dropping significantly this weekend, some may have daytime highs down 20 degrees on where they were in recent weeks.


Uncertainty continues about Cyclone Oma's track to NZ, uncertainty around rainfall totals too (+12 Maps)

Areas of rain are coming to New Zealand but the jury remains out on whether or not Cyclone Oma will directly impact the country this weekend and early next week. As hundreds of computer models continue to try and crunch the data the globe's two most trusted sources for cyclones, GFS and ECMWF are still totally disagreeing about Oma's future track beyond the northern Tasman Sea this Friday.


Weather Video: The latest on Cyclone Oma and possible tracking in to the New Zealand area

Large amounts of uncertainty remain over the weekend tracking of Cyclone Oma but for Tuesday and Wednesday the tropical cyclone will be tracking past the north western tip of New Caledonia bringing over 200mm of rain in the coming days and possibly damaging winds for a portion of the island.
 
Over the next few days Oma tracks south towards the Tasman Sea area while o

Weather Video: Cyclone Oma to affect New Caledonia, 50/50 call for New Zealand this weekend

We have the very latest on Cyclone Oma and its path this week brushing north western New Caledonia with potentially damaging winds and 200+mm of rain, then it may slide into the Northern Tasman Sea where it poses a 50/50 threat to New Zealand.
 
Computer modelling is not yet in agreement about the tracking of Oma this weekend.

Weather Video: Your Weekend weather, outlook for Waitangi Day and a look at the tropics

A colder change is moving up the country for Friday and Saturday and while some will have a significant refreshing change others further north will barely notice the difference.

Next week we see more hot weather on Monday and Tuesday but on Wednesday a cooler change with showers moves up the nation.


Expect to hear more about the tropics now that February is here as lows may impact NZ

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December was defined by rain. January was defined by heat and dry for many. February may be the month of the tropics with several lows forecast to develop over the coming week or so directly north of New Zealand.


Tropics looking highly active in mid February, rain and humid wind might impact NZ (+2 Maps)

It's looking increasingly likely that the tropics will impact New Zealand's weather as we head towards the middle of February with WeatherWatch.co.nz today saying there is a big disruption coming to the weather patterns well north of us as early as next week.


Video: A cool change coming for NZ + latest on Waitangi Day, also temps lower than -50C grip USA

We have a significant cool change arriving on Friday with many in the South Island dropping from the low to mid 30s to the late teens and early 20s, a drop of 10 to 14 degrees for some.