Approaching cyclone to bring dangerous swells

Cyclone Pola is making tracks towards New Zealand, meaning more swells will be in store. "Pola is much more powerful than Oma was this time a week ago and, exactly like last week, high pressure is going tear the cyclone apart and guide it back...... Read More

Cyclone Pola on NZ’s back doorstep

Cyclone Pola has strengthened over open waters and has reached Category 4, on a scale up to 5, but is about to be torn apart by a huge high moving over New Zealand. "Pola is much more powerful than Oma was this time a week ago and, exactly like...... Read More

Tauranga temperatures remain high for the weekend

Tauranga residents can expect warm weather this weekend. A MetService representative says temperatures will reach 25 degrees. “It looks like a beautiful weekend, the forecast says fine with light winds for both Saturday and Sunday.” Meanwhile,...... Read More

Cyclone Pola forms north east of NZ

A new cyclone has formed east of Fiji and is tracking towards New Zealand. The storm has been named "Cyclone Pola" by the Fiji Met Service and is currently Category 1 (out of a scale up to 5) and will likely strengthen into a Cat 2 storm...... Read More

Temperatures plummet as snow falls in NZ

Snow in summer. Sounds like something out of a movie, but yet it's a reality in New Zealand. With a just a few days left of summer, half a metre of fresh snow has fallen on Mt Hutt in the South Island. “Fifty centimetres is quite unusual...... Read More

Scrub fires spark up again

Temperatures may be a lot cooler in the Bay of Plenty today, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a risk of fires. Firefighters were called to small scrub fires in Mount Manganui this morning. Fire and Emergency northern communications...... Read More

Monday colder than normal for half of NZ

A refreshing southerly change has now spread nationwide and has dropped temperatures by a few to several below where they should be for late February. Around half of the country has a colder than normal Monday at the warmest point of the day (this...... Read More

The big weather picture for Monday and Tuesday

It's a cooler start in Tauranga today as a south to southeasterly airflow eases over the North Island during the day. WeatherWatch.co.nz says an anticyclone covers most of New Zealand on Tuesday. "Any morning showers clear for the west of...... Read More

An unseasonably cold start to the week

Colder southerlies are spreading over New Zealand today bringing rain to some areas as well as a noticeable change from the warmer temperatures usually experienced at this time of year.   The southerlies will gradually die out on Monday and...... Read More

Applications open for Community Reference Group

Applications are now open for members of the public to be part of the Community Reference Group which will help create an Action Plan to reduce the risk and impact of future storm events in Ngongotaha. A project team, which is made up of executive...... Read More

What’s on? Water polo and women’s triathlon

Kia ora and morena Sunners, and welcome to your Sunday, where there’s lots of great activities to participate in or be entertained by. In Pilot Bay this morning, over 850 incredible women will be taking part in the Generation Homes Women’s...... Read More

Cyclone Oma is NOT coming to NZ, says WeatherWatch

Cyclone Oma is not coming to New Zealand, despite some news headlines still saying otherwise. Latest data suggests Oma is now trapped in the Coral Sea well away from New Zealand and will likely remain there for a week. While today the cyclone is...... Read More

Cable cars, Boy Scouts and the weather

In today’s weather forecast we are expecting a cloudy day with a few showers, turning to rain in the afternoon or evening. Northeasterlies will be strengthening. It’s a one-clothing layer day today with a high of 25 and an overnight low...... Read More

A wet weekend for most in New Zealand

Rain is being forecast for the region for the next three days. A series of fronts lies over the country today, connecting these fronts is an area of low pressure to the south of New Zealand and Tropical Cyclone Oma well to the northwest. Some slight...... Read More

Wind, rain and falling temperatures this weekend

Despite Tropical Cyclone Oma remaining in the Coral Sea, MetService is monitoring the potential for severe weather which is expected to impact many parts of New Zealand during the next few days. “A severe weather watch is currently in place for...... Read More