Christmas weather predicted fine

Thursday December 19, 2019 Written by Published in Weather
Met Service director Arona Ngari. 18012930 Met Service director Arona Ngari. 18012930

Mostly fine weather is predicted for the Christmas period, says Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari.


However the windy weather we are now experiencing could continue for the next two to three days.

“After that, the trough and cold front to the west of Rarotonga is expected to bring showers and rain from Saturday until Tuesday next week,” Ngari said.

Windy conditions mean it is uncertain whether passengers will be able to disembark from the cruise ship Costa Atlantica tomorrow morning.

The cruise ship is scheduled to make its first visit to Rarotonga, with a record 920 Chinese travellers on board.

It was originally set to arrive last Friday but was unable to stop over due to bad weather.

Turama Pacific Travel’s Nina Webb said the ship had also encountered bad weather in French Polynesia.

The vessel will arrive off Avatiu Harbour at 7am and leave at around 5pm. 

AIDAaura, originally to be the last of the cruise ships to visit Rarotonga this season, is scheduled to arrive today – weather permitting.

Meanwhile, continued high winds have prevented the cargo vessel Olomana from entering Avatiu Harbour. Latest predictions are that it may berth on Friday.

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