MetService tracking Cyclone Fili

Cyclone Fili may being severe weather to New Zealand from Tuesday. image: MetService.

MetService is keeping an eye on Cyclone Fili which may bring gales and heavy rain to New Zealand next week.

"The closer Cyclone Fili tracks to New Zealand, the higher the potential for severe weather," says a MetService spokesperson.

"We may start seeing severe weather associated with Cyclone Fili from Tuesday."
On Monday and Tuesday, a front moves over the South Island from the west, bringing a period of heavy northerly rain to western areas.
"There is moderate confidence of rainfall accumulations reaching warning criteria in Fiordland late Monday to early Tuesday, and in southern Westland on Tuesday. The front should then weaken late Tuesday."

On Tuesday, Cyclone Fili is forecast to approach the North Island from the subtropics, and may track southeast across the island during Wednesday, then away from the North Island early Thursday.

"Fili could bring gales, heavy rain, large waves and coastal inundation to parts of the North Island next week," says a MetService spokesperson.

"There is still uncertainty with regards to the track of this system. At this stage, there is moderate risk of warning amounts of rain and severe gales affecting parts of the North Island from Whanganui and Hawke's Bay northwards later on Tuesday and Wednesday, and low risk for the remainder of the North Island during Wednesday and early Thursday."

MetService meteorologists are closely monitoring this situation. People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and official advice.

Keep up with potential severe weather here.
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