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Intense weather system bringing 2m swells to East Coast

The MetService still expects to see big swells develop off the east coast of the North Island this weekend as the intense weather system they have been watching near Fiji heads south.

It was expected the low pressure system would develop into a tropical cyclone and it was expected to be declared as such sometime today.

“We have been tracking it and expect it to pass over Fiji and Tonga before heading south and away from New Zealand to the north-east,” said MetService spokeswoman Lisa Murray.

“These tracks are quite hard to forecast but the system is looking to most likely head away from New Zealand.”

She said the MetService expects large waves on the east coast of the North Island.

“An easterly swell of about 2 metres is expected to arrive to eastern shores today, peaking on Saturday.

“Then depending on where the low centre tracks there could be another pulse of longer period easterly swellsearly next week.

“It's likely the swells will start to increase late in the weekend and anyone planning to go in a boat this weekend should check the forecast before they set out.

“If the swells look like reaching dangerous levels we will issue swell warnings.”