A tropical storm has today formed near Vanuatu and reliable US and European computer models show this storm tracking directly towards New Zealand this Friday and weekend.
Some pick the storm hitting Northland while others show it brushing East Cape to our east.
Tropical Cyclone Lusi has been named today by the Fiji Met Service and currently lies over Vanuatu as a category 1 tropical storm.
Winds are sustained at gale force.
China declared a "war on pollution" this week, and is now fortifying its arsenal with a new weapon: smog-clearing drones.
The whole of this week will mostly be dominated by anticyclones and settled conditions, so that is rather nice. Doesn’t mean totally sunny skies every day for all regions, some areas may see areas of cloud particularly morning and night.
Updated 8:10am Monday -- A potentially damaging tropical storm is on the horizon for New Zealand as various computer models agree on a similar track and intensity of the predicted low.
A large anticyclone sits over the country today bringing mostly settled weather, still a far amount of cloud about in the east of the South Island and about Gisborne. There may be a few isolated showers this afternoon Auckland northwards.
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With parts of the North Island suffering in the dry, we thought it would be a good time to ask our readers about the conditions on their own patch of land.
Anyone in certain suburbs of Christchurch may not have access to the internet to answer this question, given the huge volumes of water in the streets this past week, but I think we can safely answer for them on this occasion.
After such a dramatic headline one may think there could be something ominous on the way weather wise as we all head back to work, well not really. The end of this week could prove interesting with a potential tropical low eyeing the country up, but the start of it is a lot tamer in comparison.
Basically we have an anticyclone covering much of
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