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Conditions ‘ideal’ for cyclone near Fiji, dangerous seas possible on NZ's East Coast

Weatherwatch.co.nz forecasters say conditions are ideal for a tropical cyclone to form north of New Zealand later this week and potentially create dangerous swimming conditions on beaches down the East Coast of the North Island, including this region.

Fiji currently lies in the path of the storm then potentially Tonga and the storm tipped to track close to New Zealand's east coast by next Monday.

“Luckily, a high pressure system over the country would likely protect us from any severe weather,” forecasters said.

“The storm is set to bring a very deep and sizeable storm (ex-tropical) to lie east of the North Island, close enough to bring an enhanced southeast winds flow and bigger swells from the east.

“This may be good for some surfing spots but also more dangerous beach conditions from Northland to Coromandel, Bay of Plenty to East Cape, Gisborne and down to Hawke's Bay and maybe even Wairarapa.”