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Cyclone Evan's remnants could lash NZ

Published: 11:26AM Tuesday December 18, 2012 Source: ONE News

The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Evan could bring heavy rain and strong winds to New Zealand at the weekend.

Evan is moving away to the south of Fiji and the destructive storms experienced on the main island of Viti Levu yesterday and overnight have eased.

New Zealand's MetService says it expects to take over warning responsibility for Evan on Thursday, when it crosses 25 degrees South latitude.

"Evan's current track takes it more or less southwards and it is likely to pass within a few hundred kilometres of northern New Zealand during the weekend," said MetService Chief Forecaster Peter Kreft.

Evan is very unlikely to be a tropical cyclone by the time of its closest approach to the North Island, he said.

But it will have brought a large amount of tropical air into the New Zealand region, which means potential for heavy rainfall in places with strong onshore winds.

Currently, MetService is forecasting rain this weekend for Northland, Auckland and Coromandel.

There is still a lot of conflicting information about Evan's track beyond about Friday, Kreft said.

"It is likely to swing away from the North Island into the north Tasman Sea on Sunday, but this is by no means certain," he said.

"We're very conscious of the possibility of a track which takes Evan near East Cape. This would be a totally different ball game."

Irrespective of Evan's path through the New Zealand area, Christmas Day is likely to be warm, and probably not windy, in most places, Kreft said.

However, it is still a little early to say which - if any - areas might be wet, he said.

Keep up to date with the latest forecasts and any watches or warnings on our weather page.