The tropics directly north of New Zealand is much quieter compared to a year ago with no major storms likely to develop over the rest of January in the NZ area. There are some areas of interest, mostly in northern Australia which has already had a few cyclones affect them this season.
A deep low in the Southern Ocean is this weekend brushing the South Island bringing warm nor'westers followed by a cooler than average southerly change in the south. A cold front is also tracking northwards and today falls apart over the North Island.
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