In a report to Radio NZ, New Zealand’s MetService warned another low could form on Friday and strengthen as it moves southeast from the southern Cook Islands.
Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari said they were aware of the situation and were closing monitoring it.
“Cook Islands Met Service will be monitoring this expected low as mentioned by NIWA and will bring updates on this system as they come to hand,” Ngari said.
Radio New Zealand said a subtropical storm developing west of Queensland would move across the country over the next two days, likely bringing king tides and winds of up 100km/h.
Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain is moving slowly over Southern Cooks. The situation is similar in the northern Cook Islands where there is also a slow trough of low pressure, accompanied by cloud and showers.
“A strong wind warning remains in force for all Southern Cooks waters and is now in force for all land areas of Southern Cooks,” the weather bulletin released mid yesterday said.
Occasional rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms are forecast for Rarotonga. After unexpected days of hot, sunny days over the festive holiday period, the weather reverted to cooler temperatures with cloud, drizzle and rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, with visitors making the most of the occasional fine period.