18 Oct 2012

Nine to 12 cyclone expected this season

5:25 pm on 18 October 2012

Weather forecasters in the Southwest Pacific say the region can expect nine to 12 named cyclones in the season which runs from November through to April next year.

The average is for 10 tropical cyclones through this period.

The met services say there will be near average or slightly above average conditions for most countries with increased activity in the late season near Tonga and Niue.

They say all communities should remain vigilant with the prospect that at least one severe tropical cyclone - at Category 3 or higher - could occur anywhere in the southwest Pacific during the season.