King tides expected in Bay as Cyclone Oma approaches

King tides expected in Bay as Cyclone Oma approaches

Meanwhile, NIWA says there's a chance that Tropical Cyclone Oma could directly impact New Zealand with heavy rain, wind, and rough seas heading into next week. But as WeatherWatch.co.nz said last week, expect changeable forecasts as we all try to fine tune the messy data and work out who has drizzle, showers, rain, heavy rain and who may miss out.

She said the winds will also pick up during the week.

The Red Cross on Vanuatu's Santo hopes to get assessment teams out today to the areas worst affected by Tropical Cyclone Oma.The Red Cross on Vanuatu's Santo hopes to get assessment teams out today to the areas worst affected by Tropical Cyclone Oma. You can see their commentary, analysis charts and satellite maps on our website at http://bit.ly/TropicalCycloneActivity. At this stage there is still much uncertainty across the weather model outputs regarding where TC Oma will move so there is no definitive answer on its exact path at this point.

More as we get it.

MetService has a Severe Weather Warning is in place for Fiordland, Westland south of Fox Glacier and the Otago Headwaters until Wednesday morning.

The combination of a king tide and large swell conditions are creating a "perfect storm" effect, according to Acting Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard.

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In the meantime most of the country would continue to experience warm settled weather.

Cyclone Oma. Image: Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland.

MetService urged people to stay up to date with the forecast as it became clearer later in the week.

"Reflecting on what we've done with our beach nourishment over the past two years, including sand pumping, rainbowing onto the beach, and stockpiling 3 million cubic metres on the northern part of our beach, i believe we are well prepared", Mayor Tate said.

"The system is moving back towards eastern Australia".

As tropical cyclone Oma moves towards the coast, there were concerns it could whip up some big waves that could damage our shoreline.

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