The tail end of ex-tropical Cyclone Sarai smashed the western side of Rarotonga on New Year’s Day in 2020. 20010212
Rarotonga can expect some fair weather for the long weekend as it welcomes the new year in, with a few showers and a fair bit of wind.
to the weather outlook for the island, Friday through to Sunday is expected to
remain overcast with some cloudy skies. Monday and Tuesday, where New Year’s public
holidays will be observed, are looking to have sunny skies all around.
Ngari, director of the Cook Islands Meteorological Service, says expected trade
winds will bring 10 to 15 knots in the next five to 10 days.
coverage at any given location is measured in octaves. Ngari said Rarotonga could
expect two to five octaves of cloud coverage this weekend.
trade winds will bring some passing showers but no torrential rains. The
passing showers will be coming from the east trade winds so chances are that
there will be no torrential, hard rain.”
said Rarotonga could expected a “fair looking weather” to welcome in 2022. Meanwhile
the volcanic activity currently causing the island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai
in Tonga to grow in size since Christmas is unlikely to have any effect on the
Cook Islands, Ngari said.
head of Tonga Geological Services, Taaniela Kula, said that the ash cloud had
risen to heights of 12km and the direction of ash had varied with the wind
the danger grade for the ash fall is orange, with red being the most severe.
While no one has reported ash falling on houses yet, Kula advised that the
public should take measures to protect their rainwater catchment and storage
systems, should ash make landfall.
said that people need to make sure they continue to sanitise and maintain their
rainwater tanks, to stop the growth of a particular algae bloom that results from