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El Nino conditions but mild April forecast

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 2:58 pm | MetService

"El Nino conditions are now present in the tropical Pacific Ocean," said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "Cyclone Pam produced one of the strongest reversals of the tropical trade winds seen in recent years. Known as 'westerly ... More >>

Improving weather leading up to the Easter holidays

Monday, 30 March 2015, 12:54 pm | MetService

A showery southwesterly feed of air is set to remain over Aotearoa today,bringing showers into western and southern parts of the country. A frontal system will weaken as it moves up the South Island today, bringing a few showers to northern parts of ... More >>

A wet weekend ahead for many

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 2:00 pm | MetService

A weak trough of low pressure has brought showers to many parts of the country over the past couple of days, especially the West Coast and lower South Island. The associated cloudiness has been responsible for mild overnight temperatures, with many places ... More >>

A warmer week ahead

Monday, 23 March 2015, 12:58 pm | MetService

Most places will see some sunshine over the next few days with the east of the country getting the best of the weather. Temperatures are also on an upward trend after last week's relatively cooler temperatures. However, a few spots of rain are expected ... More >>

A ridge of high pressure for the North this weekend

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 4:04 pm | MetService

It was an interesting start to the week, with Cyclone Pam dominating the weather headlines. Pam brought heavy rain to northern Hawke's Bay and Gisborne; blasted eastern parts of Northland, Great Barrier Island and Gisborne with severe gales; and also ... More >>

Cyclone Pam - the story so far

Monday, 16 March 2015, 2:16 pm | MetService

Tropical Cyclone Pam moved into MetService's Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre area of responsibility in the early hours of Sunday morning. At that time, the predicted track would take the cyclone on a southeast course past East Cape, with warnings ... More >>

Update on Cyclone Pam

Monday, 16 March 2015, 11:32 am | MetService

At 10am this morning Cyclone Pam was located about 230 km east-northeast of East Cape, Gisborne. Despite being re-classified as an extra-tropical cyclone in the early hours of this morning, the system still has severe weather which is affecting parts ... More >>

Update Tropical Cyclone Pam

Monday, 16 March 2015, 8:55 am | MetService

At midnight Sunday tropical cyclone Pam was situated about 450km to the northeast of Auckland and 450km to the north of East Cape. It has already brought 70mm or rain to parts of Gisborne and 140 to 150 kilometer an hour wind gusts to exposed parts ... More >>

Update on Tropical Cylone Pam

Sunday, 15 March 2015, 12:30 pm | MetService

Tropical Cyclone Pam (now a Category 4) has moved across 25S into TCWC Wellington (METSERVICE NZ) area of responsibility early this morning. At 7am today (Sunday 15 March), it was located at 26.8S 172.7E or 850 kilometres north of Cape Reinga, moving ... More >>

Tropical cyclone Pam moving southeast away from Vanuatu

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 9:54 pm | MetService

At 1pm today, severe tropical cyclone Pam was located to the south of Vanuatu, about 170 nautical miles south of Port Vila, and about 200 nautical miles east northeast of Noumea in New Caledonia. At the time, Pam was estimated to have a central pressure ... More >>

Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam affects Vanuatu

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 11:13 am | MetService

At 6am this morning severe tropical cyclone Pam was located in the vicinity of the island Erromango in Vanuatu on a track south-southeast towards the island Tanna. Earlier this morning the center of Pam moved south over the east of Efate Island ... More >>

Tropical cyclone Pam deepens over Vanuatu

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 10:08 am | MetService

At 1am this morning (NZ local time) severe tropical cyclone Pam was located about 70km east of Port Vila, Vanuatu. TC Pam is still a category 5 cyclone, and has intensified slightly overnight with the central pressure dropping to an estimated 899hPa and ... More >>

Update on Tropical Cyclone Pam

Friday, 13 March 2015, 2:25 pm | MetService

At 1pm today (Friday 13 March), Tropical Cyclone Pam was located 220 kilometres northeast of the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, moving slowly southwards. Now Category 5, the storm has winds of 220 kilometres per hour near the centre, with gales extending ... More >>

Tropical Cyclone Pam and the weekend ahead

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 1:03 pm | MetService

Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam, currently six hundred kilometres north of Port Vila, is expected to move southwards over the next 24 hours taking it just east of the major islands of Vanuatu. Though the Cyclone isn't expected to make a direct hit ... More >>

Keeping an eye on the tropics

Monday, 9 March 2015, 1:24 pm | MetService

After the active systems of the weekend this week starts in a much quieter fashion. A weak ridge of high pressure remains situated across much of New Zealand at the beginning of the week, while a series of fronts move across the lower South Island. ... More >>

Some weather at last

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 1:58 pm | MetService

Most places will get some wet and windy weather this weekend as a front moves across the country on Friday followed by a low on Saturday. Sundaywill be a more settled day for most. More >>

A humid start to March

Monday, 2 March 2015, 2:16 pm | MetService

A humid northeasterly flow prevails over the North Island over the next few days as a low just to the north of the country moves away to the east on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, a front moving up the South Island will bring a period of rain ... More >>

March 2015 - The Highs take a break

Friday, 27 February 2015, 4:32 pm | MetService

"The Highs which have had a tight grip on the country recently look likely to take a break as we start March" said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. "This is the best shot at getting some rain that we have seen for a long time." More >>

Sports-filled weekend

Thursday, 26 February 2015, 12:49 pm | MetService

An active southerly change that moved across the South Island and lower North Island on Wednesday continues to move northwards during Thursday, bringing some showers and cooler weather to the east of the North Island. Meanwhile, a ridge of higher ... More >>

A front brings rain for some mid-week

Monday, 23 February 2015, 1:47 pm | MetService

A weak area of low pressure that covered the country over the weekend brought showers to many places with some building into thunderstorms during the afternoons and evenings. Nelson, Ashburton and Roxburgh received around 20mm of rain, which though useful, ... More >>



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