Forecaster warns remnants of Pacific cyclone could affect NZ in February

A weather forecaster is warning remnants of a Pacific cyclone could affect New Zealand in February. 

Over the next two weeks a number of lows are forming to the north of New Zealand that could form into a cyclone, WeatherWatch says. 

"The modelling has been very clear that these lows will likely form and have storm or even cyclone potential," head forecaster Philip Duncan says.

"There is no storm forecast for NZ at this stage though, however the remnants of these lows looks increasingly likely to swipe NZ at some point or track very nearby.

Forecaster warns remnants of Pacific cyclone could affect NZ in February
Photo credit: WeatherWatch

"It's unclear which low will do this and when precisely, but there is moderate to high risk of tropical storms over the coming 14 days well north of NZ."

As peak cyclone season approaches it is worth keeping an eye on the weather in the South Pacific tropics.

Forecaster warns remnants of Pacific cyclone could affect NZ in February
Photo credit: WeatherWatch

"High pressure over the South Island will be pushing back against these lows and altering their courses as they try to track south so there are still a lot of moving parts to work out," Mr Duncan says.

"Sea surface temperatures peak in March so lows tend to increase around Feb, March and April in the NZ area making forecasters, boaties and many others take a harder look at possible lows forming north of the country."

Mr Duncan says it is usually a fine line between a low directly coming to New Zealand or just 'sliding down' the east of the country.

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