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Tropical Trouble For Australia And New Zealand

New Zealand and Australia are both dealing with their own tropical troubles with New Zealand seeing a named system approaching and Australia seeing some rain and cooler temperatures in central areas.

Tropical Cyclone June is continuing to weaken as it pushes south towards the northern island of New Zealand. Winds with the storm are just above tropical storm criteria, and there is a chance this can bring little in the way of winds to New Zealand at all.

Rainfall looks to be more of a concern with New Zealand as the storm approaches. Clouds will begin to increase for New Zealand and the biggest city of New Zealand, Auckland. It looks like the rain will hold off until late Sunday night or early Monday morning, local time.

Rainfall totals with June are expected to be on the order of 1-3 inches (2-7 cm) before the storm pushes east of the island on Tuesday. Winds for New Zealand may struggle to hit 30 mph (50 kph) as what is left of June moves through.

Meanwhile, Australia is seeing some heavy rainfall as a weak tropical system continues to spin over central Australia. This system moved onshore over the past week. Though this was never a named system, the biggest issue with this will be rainfall.

Rainfall for Tennant Creek, Australia, has been over 1.5 inches (4 cm) the past two days ending early Sunday morning, local time. Normal rainfall for January is 3.5 inches (9 cm), and high temperatures normally climb to around 97 degrees F (36 C). The high temperature the past few days has struggled to get to 90 degrees F (32 C).

This storm is expected to slowly push south and west into the early part of the week. Some areas over central Australia will see upwards of 8 inches (20 cm) as the storm slowly weakens.

The storm that is bringing the rain to central Australia will begin to push off to the south and into the Great Australian Blight by the middle of next week.

Story by Meteorologist Alan Reppert