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Friday 15 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the span of one week, Tonga experienced a rare occurrence of four extreme tropical weather systems, one after another passing through the group, when Tonga Met issued 22 six-hourly tropical cyclone alerts and seven three-hourly tropical cyclone warnings, over a record six days and 16 hours, between 2pm on 6 February to 6am on 13 February.
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Sunday 10 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical cyclone warning for Tonga was cancelled this morning as the low pressure system TD07F (that was Tropical Cyclone Neil) moves away from Tongatapu and 'Eua to the Southeast. The capital, Nuku'alofa, enjoyed patches of sunshine this morning, with fresh east to southeast winds.
Saturday 9 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Neil (Cat.1) is expected to pass directly over Tonga tonight, bringing heavy rain and wind gusts up to 55 knots (101km/hr) in Ha'apai and Tongatapu. The Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre at 8:00pm tonight, Saturday February 9, stated that a heavy rain warning and flash flood advisory is now in force for all of Tonga.
Friday 8 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Tongan Navy patrol boats were moved out from Masefield Naval Base at Touliki to anchor in deeper water offshore this morning, as a low pressure system brought strong winds and gales into Tongatapu. Strong winds and heavy rain are expected to continue throughout the day and more rough weather is forecast for the weekend. Tonga Met maintained a storm warning in its 1:00pm advisory.
Thursday 7 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A slow moving Tropical Disturbance 06F is forecast to deliver gales to the Niuas today, and has the potential to develop into a Tropical Cyclone in the next 48 hours, the Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre advised at 8:00am today, Thursday.
Wednesday 6 February 2019

Fua'amotu, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone Alert for the Niuas was issued by the Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warnings Centre at 2:00pm this afternoon as an active tropical disturbance moves south towards Fiji and Tongan waters. Gales are forecast for the Niuas tonight; with strong wind warnings for Vava'u, Ha'apai, Tongatapu and 'Eua land areas and coastal waters.
Tuesday 15 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The chance for El Nino forming in the coming months has dropped from 80% to 70%, as recent cool weather has seen the temperature of the Pacific Ocean surface return to neutral. However it still remains a possibility in 2019 as drier weather is forecast with rainfall expected to be below average across the country.
Tuesday 8 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tropical Cyclone warning for Tonga was cancelled by Tonga Meteorological Services this morning, as TC Mona moves away from the group. At 7:00am today, the Category 1 cyclone was located 310km west northwest of Nuku’alofa, moving southwest at 10 knots or 18km/hr.
Monday 7 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Mona (Cat.1) is expected to lie about 220km west-northwest of Nuku'alofa at 7:00pm this evening on its current track. Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre advised at 2:00pm that a Gale Warning remains in force for Ha'apai, Tongatapu, 'Eua and all Tonga coastal waters.
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Friday 4 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ha'apai Group recorded record rainfall for the month of December when almost half a year’s worth of rain fell in one month, opening up a sinkhole on Holopeka Road, Lifuka.
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Thursday 3 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two tropical cyclones have formed in the Western Pacific. TC Mona (Cat.1) is expected to track over Fiji at the weekend and may intensify to a Category 2 cyclone.
Tuesday 1 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tropical cyclone warning previously in force for Tonga was cancelled by Tonga Met, in a 7:00pm tropical cyclone advisory, and replaced with a strong wind warning for all of Tonga land areas.
Sunday 30 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A wet and windy New Year is forecast for Tonga, as a slow moving low pressure system moves over the southern groups. A tropical depression called TD03F has the potential to turn into a Category 1 cyclone.
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Tuesday 4 December 2018

Katowice, Poland
Stating that we “are extremely concerned about the climate crisis” Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama issued a joint statement, together with three other former COP Presidents, last night calling on countries to send an unequivocal message from COP24 in Katowice, Poland, that they are serious about strengthening their commitments to reduce emissions and help build resilience.
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Friday 16 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The return of seven graduates, including Tonga's first woman Meteorologist, will boost the Meteorology Department, said ‘Ofa Fa’anunu, Tonga's Director of Meteorology.
Monday 12 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With an El Nino Alert in force, and a drought watch in place, Tonga Meteorology Services is urging residents to use water wisely and collect as much water as possible when it rains.
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Saturday 3 November 2018
Cyclone Ian

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There is a 75% chance that at least two tropical cyclones will occur during Tonga's 2018/19 cyclone season, which started on November 1 to end on April 30, 2019. At least one could be a severe cyclone, Tonga Met advised.
Monday 22 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s MET Service Director, ‘Ofa Fa’anunu is the first Tongan to become President of the World Meteorological Organization Regional Association (WMO RA5).
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Thursday 18 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day Climate Change Donor Roundtable started on October 18 at the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, and focused on Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. A climate resilient and low emission development pathway is essential for safeguarding Tonga’s social, economic, and environmental aspirations, says the Minister of MEIDECC.
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Friday 12 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Regional delegates came to Tonga this week for a 4th Board Meeting of RESPAC, the Disaster Resilience for Pacific Small Island Developing States Project, which aims to improve islands’ resilience to climate related hazards. The meeting is being hosted by Tonga's Meteorology Divison.
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