The bad weather which has brought unexpected rain and gusty winds to Rarotonga was triggered by an anti-cyclone system southwest of the Cook Islands.
Yesterday morning’s Jetstar flight from New Zealand was cancelled on Monday night (CI time) after a crew member fell ill, delaying the departure of the Airbus 320 aircraft.
Most businesses located near the Avatiu roundabout were closed for business yesterday after flash flooding on Monday night left their properties with covered with mud and debris.
The sea surface temperature recently recorded in the northern group waters is ideal to trigger a cyclone in the remainder of the 2017/18 cyclone season which ends next month.
Despite a low turnout at its open day last week, the Cook Islands Meteorological Service says it achieved its goal of increasing public awareness of its work.
The Cook Islands Meteorological Service will open its doors to the public today to commemorate this year’s World Meteorological Day.