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Tuesday 10 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is more sweltering warm weather ahead, says Tonga’s Meteorology department, with temperatures forecast to remain between 25C – 31C during the week with humidity between 80 - 90%. If you are heading to the beach to cool off, be aware of extreme high tides during the evenings this week.
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Wednesday 4 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The tsunami threat from a Fiji earthquake today has now passed, the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Ceter in Hawaii, has advised. Fiji coastal areas were warned following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, at 11:53pm local Fiji time today. Tonga Met advised there was no threat for Tonga.
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Thursday 15 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is no tsunami threat for Tonga following a magnitude 5.2 earthquake located 74km south of 'Eua at 2:18pm, according to a Tonga Met advisory issued at 2:30pm (+14hrs UTC).
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Wednesday 30 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga could expect two to three cyclones this season, and Tonga Met says there's a chance that at least one of them could be a Severe Tropical Cyclone (Category 3 and above). The current cyclone season began on 1 November and runs through to the end of April 2017.
Thursday 6 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan farmers might expect some rain early next week to relieve the current dry conditions in Tongatapu, Ha’apai, ‘Eua and Niuafo’ou, according to the Tonga Meteorology Department today. However, water conservation is still advised as below average rainfall is persisting for the season.
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Sunday 12 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Exceptionally heavy, unseasonal rainfall fell across Tongatapu on June 10-11 causing flooding in Nuku’alofa, and turning the capital into a city of lakes, during what is supposed to be the “dry season”. Fua’amotu recorded 273.1mm of rainfall in the 24 hours between 1:00pm Friday and 1:00pm Saturday, according to Tonga Met., a record rainfall for a single day in the month of June.
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Wednesday 1 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A report on Climate Financing and Risk Governance Assessment CFRGA for Tonga, was launched by Tatafu Moeaki, the CEO for Tonga’s Ministry of Finance and National Planning, at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre, Monday 30 May.
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Friday 22 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Amos is still intensifying and on its current track is expected to reach Category 3 strength by 1:00pm Saturday April 23 and lie about 300km north of Niuafo’ou or about 385km North Northwest of Niuatoputapu. Strong winds may affect Niuafo’ou land area from early Saturday morning and Niuatoputapu land area from late Saturday to Sunday. Gale force winds are expected over open waters to the north of the two Niuas from tomorrow morning and Sunday, advises Tonga Met.
Friday 22 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Strong wind warnings are currently in place for all land and sea areas of Vava’u and the Niuas as Tropical Cyclone Amos slowly intensifies and tracks towards the Niuas and Samoa today, warns the Tonga Meteorology Department. The cyclone Category 2 is moving southeast and has the potential to develop into a Category 3 storm over the next few days.
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Thursday 7 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A storm warning for Tongatapu, ‘Eua and Ha’apai was cancelled at 2:45pm this afternoon by the Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre, but strong winds may still be experienced this evening. The fast moving Tropical Cyclone Zena (Cat. 1) that was approaching Tonga from the West this morning has been downgraded from Category 2 to Category 1 by Tonga Met this afternoon.
Thursday 7 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Zena (Cat. 2) is rapidly moving towards southern Tonga and expected to bringing destructive storm force winds this afternoon to Tongatapu, ‘Eua and Ha’apai. Forecasters expect the storm to lie about 15km south-southeast of Nuku’alofa or 25km northwest of ‘Eua at about 3:00pm today, Thursday 7 April.
Wednesday 6 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fua’amotu weather station recorded 100.3mm of rain in 24-hours, the highest rainfall dumped on Tongatapu so far this month, during Tropical Depression 15F, which brought gale warnings for Tongatapu and 'Eua last night, and was cancelled as the system moves away from Tonga today.
Tuesday 5 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Gale warnings remain in force for Tongatapu and ‘Eua with a strong wind warning for Vava’u and Ha’apai as Tropical Depression 15F was located about 465km west of Nuku’alofa at 11:00am this morning, 5 April. Forecasters warn that the system could possibly increase to tropical cyclone strength today, bringing squally thunderstorms and heavy rain. The system is moving east-southeast at about 15 km/h and on its current track is expected to lie about 25km west of Nuku'alofa or 60km west-northwest of 'Eua at about 10:00pm this evening.
Monday 4 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A strong wind warning with heavy rain advisory is in force for Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai and ‘Eua as Tropical Depression 15F was located about 890km west-northwest of Nuku’alofa this morning. Near its centre the depression is forecasted to, probably, increase to Tropical Cyclone strength in the next 18-24 hours. Tonga’s Fua’amotu Weather Forecasting Centre at 2:30pm today issued Tropical Cyclone Advisory One for Tonga.
Tuesday 29 March 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An ambitious National Climate Change Policy to build a Resilient Tonga by 2035 was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Climate Change, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni in February. The policy aims for 100% renewable energy, and includes a mulititude of other goals that check boxes such as gender considerations and equity for disadvantaged groups, along with designing Category 5 cyclone resistant homes.
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Wednesday 9 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The hottest day in Tonga's recorded history was 35.5C at Niuafo’ou on February 1 this year, when a long heatwave was experienced during the month prior to Cyclone Winston reaching Tonga.
Wednesday 9 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Residents in Tonga's low lying coastal areas may experience flooding on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, as a high tide of over 1.85 meters is expected.
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Wednesday 24 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new community evacuation center constructed to withstand a category 5 tropical cyclone was opened on Tuesday, 23 February in Popua, one of the vulnerable low-lying communities in Tongatapu, under an adaption project.
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Monday 22 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"Malo and thank you!", was the feeling of most people in Vava‘u at the weekend, after escaping the worst of Tropical Cyclone Winston - one of the strongest cyclones to ever visit the region - when it passed Vava’u twice in one week, firstly on Monday February 15 and returning on Friday February 19, but without making as much damage as they feared it might.
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Monday 22 February 2016

Suva, Fiji
Tongan USP students living in the Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji, are safe after Cyclone Winston left a path of destruction yesterday, 21 February 2016. However, USP students living in Labasa and Lautoka had not yet made contact and attempts to contact them were "futile" due to a nationwide power outage affecting communication, USP's Dr Masasso Paunga stated this morning. The Suva campus has closed.
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