NZ at some risk from tropical cyclone
A tropical depression today will likely turn into a tropical cyclone by Sunday, says WeatherWatch.co.nz.
The storm looks likely to intensify next week into a "severe" tropical storm, meaning it will likely reach Category 3 strength - and even has the potential to reach the top end, Category 5.
"Sea surface temperatures in the area the storm is in now are over 30 degrees C with air temperatures around 28C," says a spokesperson for the weather organisation.
"The sea surface temperatures in northern NZ are warmer than average in the low 20s - meaning the cyclone will weaken as it moves south towards NZ - but may retain a fair amount of energy thanks to the warmer seas.
"Full details about risks and tracking can be found in our next video update (which will be out before noon today)."
A Tropical Depression called '93P' continues to gain power in the Solomon Sea and will likely rapidly grow into a #TropicalCyclone in the Coral Sea this weekend.https://t.co/gb7E1qcpZ3 says the risk of this storm directly impacting NZ's weather in 7 days time remains at 60%. pic.twitter.com/LzPKuZWTrD— WeatherWatch.co.nz (@WeatherWatchNZ) December 9, 2021