On 16 February tropical cyclone Harold formed in an area of upper divergence with an upper anticyclone to the north and a TUTT to the west. The system moved in a southwesterly direction in response to a mid-level ridge to the southeast. Harold continued to move in a southwesterly direction until 17 February when the mid-level ridge weakened. It subsequently began to recurve to the southeast under the influence of an amplifying upper-level trough lying to the southwest during 18 February. The maximum wind speed attained was 60 knots on 18 February. Harold continued to move southeast and accelerated while weakening and shearing under the influence of the upper northwesterly flow. The system had degenerated to a low early on 22 February. No damage was reported.
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