Cyclone Ula expected to miss New Zealand
Cyclone Ula has been downgraded to a Category Two storm and looks likely to miss New Zealand.
MetService meteorologist Peter Little said the tropical cyclone was moving in a south easterly direction but at this stage looked like it would pass over north of the country.
MetService took over the forecasting responsibility for the cyclone from Fiji at 1am on Tuesday.
Little said Ula was still a long way off New Zealand, but those at sea would be keeping at eye on the regular alert updates.
On Tuesday morning the cyclone was over open water and the maximum wind speed at the centre of the storm was 110kmh.
Ula was moving at a speed of about 18kmh, he said.
Meanwhile, much of the North Island is in for rain on Tuesday.
Auckland is already experiencing rain but things are looking up for later in the day, with rain expected to ease to showers.
The City of Sails is expected to reach a high of 24 degrees Celsius.
The capital is in for a windy day thanks to strong northerlies.
Morning cloud will burn off to reveal fine spells during the afternoon and a high of 20C.
In the south, things were looking warmer, especially for central and eastern parts of the island.
Christchurch is expected to have a fine day with light winds and a high of 28C but rain would roll in during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Dunedin will have a fine start to the day. A south-west change is expected to bring rain in the afternoon.
Inland parts of the South Island are looking to record the highest temperatures on Tuesday, with Alexandra expected to hit 30C.
While this might be good news for those still off work, farmers looking for rain won't be too happy, Little said.