Cyclone Cody still tracking towards NZ

Large swells likely as Tropical Cyclone Cody nears New Zealand around the 16th – 18th January 16-18. Image: WeatherWatch.co.nz

Large swells are being predicted for the Bay of Plenty as Cyclone Cody tracks towards New Zealand.

Cody intensified overnight to a Category 2 storm on Wednesday, but is now a category 1 storm today, says WeatherWatch.co.nz

WeatherWatch.co.nz says La Nina is helping boost sea surface temperatures in our part of the world and the marine heatwave occurring in parts of the North Island may help keep Cody a powerful storm as it tracks past later this weekend or early next week.

“The storm will technically lose the "tropical" portion of its name in the coming day or two, but damaging gales & rain may still be significant as it moves towards,” says the weather organisation.

MetService's forecast for 1am Friday has the cyclone lying southwest of Fiji.

It is expected to move is expected to move south or southeast over the next couple of days, says an update on the MetService website.

“Some further intensification is possible in the near term, then tomorrow the system should begin to lose its tropical characteristics as it encounters cooler seas and strong winds aloft.”

Outlook to 1am Mon, 17 Jan (NZT)

Tropical cyclone Cody is likely to be reclassified later this week, and most outlooks suggest it will move south and approach the North Island later on Sunday as a deep low.

No other significant lows of interest are expected, says the MetService.

Further updates are expected later this morning.

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