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Blame it on El Niño

Wednesday February 10, 2016 Written by Published in Weather
Even the tourists have been finding it a little warm in Rarotonga this week – but they aren’t complaining. Jaime and Mick Cowper from Detroit, Michigan in the United States were happy to cool off at Muri Lagoon yesterday as temperatures rose above 30 degrees and the humidity clocked 79 per cent on the island. The couple, who are staying at the Pacific Resort, say back home the temperatures this week have been below freezing. GRAY CLAPHAM  16020908 Even the tourists have been finding it a little warm in Rarotonga this week – but they aren’t complaining. Jaime and Mick Cowper from Detroit, Michigan in the United States were happy to cool off at Muri Lagoon yesterday as temperatures rose above 30 degrees and the humidity clocked 79 per cent on the island. The couple, who are staying at the Pacific Resort, say back home the temperatures this week have been below freezing. GRAY CLAPHAM 16020908

Everyone’s talking about the heat. And those who are in the know say the current hot and sticky conditions in Rarotonga are most likely the result of how the El Niño weather pattern is currently affecting our part of the Pacific.

 

Cook Islands Meteorological Service has recorded some high mercury readings since early last week with temperatures hitting as high as 32 degrees in Rarotonga officially– and probably a lot higher in some places unofficially.

A Met Office staff member told CINews that the El Niño weather pattern could be the reason behind the hot and humid condition.

He said people in the northern group were facing even “hotter conditions” during this spell.

While there are no indications of any tropical depression forming from the current weather conditions in the Cook Islands, El Niño has affected local weather patterns since the beginning of last year and has elevated the general risk of cyclones in the region.

Cook Islands are in danger of facing as many as 13 Category One or stronger tropical cyclones whiuch have been predicted for the region for the 2015-16 cyclone season which runs until April.

The country has escaped the brunt of three cyclones so far, including Category Three Tropical Cyclone Victor, which affected some parts of the northern group last month.

Meanwhile, brief showers are forecasted for the southern and northern Cook Islands in the coming days.

The Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre forecasts occasional showers and few thunderstorms about the southern parts including Rarotonga.

For the northern Cook Islands, cloudy periods with brief showers is expected with moderate northeast winds and some showers later in the week.