Weather

Ex-cyclone heading for New Zealand

Ben Domensino, 31 January 2018

The remnants of a tropical cyclone will cause heavy rain and potentially damaging winds in New Zealand on Thursday.

Tropical Cyclone Fehi formed near New Caledonia on Monday and has moved south over the last 48 hours.

While the remnants of Fehi are no longer considered to be a tropical cyclone, the intense low pressure system that is left over will cause severe weather as it crosses New Zealand on Thursday.

The country's Met Service has issued severe weather warnings for heavy rain and strong to gale force winds for much of the South Island and lower parts of the North Island.

The most intense weather will occur on Thursday and some areas could receive 200-400mm of rain between Wednesday night and Friday morning.

The system will continue moving towards the south on Friday, allowing calmer weather to return to New Zealand by the weekend.


- Weatherzone

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