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Heavy rain and strong wind warning now in force for Fiji group

A heavy rain warning remains in force Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Yasawa and Lau group and is now also in force for the rest of the Fiji group. A strong wind warning is now in force for Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Western half of Viti Levu,  Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands. The Nadi Weather Forecasting […]

Staff Writers

April 3, 2016 12:00 pm

A heavy rain warning remains in force Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Yasawa and Lau group and is now also in force for the rest of the Fiji group.

A strong wind warning is now in force for Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Western half of Viti Levu,  Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands.

The Nadi Weather Forecasting Centre say that Tropical Disturbance 14F was analysed closer to Vanuatu but another latest satellite imagery indicated the development of another Tropical Disturbance(TD15F).

Over the course of the next 24 to 72 hours, both systems are expected to move towards the south-east and are expected to pass to the west of Fiji. The associated weather will affect Fiji.

Latest satellite imagery indicated the development of another Tropical Disturbance(TD15F) within the active cloud band area (circled in red in the picture above). (Fiji Meteorological Service/Facebook)
Latest satellite imagery indicated the development of another Tropical Disturbance(TD15F) within the active cloud band area (circled in red in the picture above). (Fiji Meteorological Service/Facebook)

Satellite images from the Nadi Weather office indicate an active cloud band currently affecting Vanua Levu.

As such, a Heavy rain warning has been in force for Vanua Levu and is now extended to the rest of Fiji. Members of the public are advised that Heavy rain can lead to flooding of low-lying areas.

Winds are expected to change and become predominantly north to northwesterly from later today and become strong with average speeds of 60kmph and momentary gusts to 75kmph over the land areas of Yasawa and Mamanuca group, the Western half of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu from tonight.

Situation:

An active trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Fiji. The associated cloud, rain and thunderstorms affect the group.

Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group:

Moderate northerly winds becoming strong with average speeds of 40km/hr to 55km/hr gusting to 80km/hr over Yasawa and Mamanuca group, western half of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and nearby smaller islands tomorrow.

Elsewhere, fresh northerly winds, gusty at times. Periods of rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms. Rough seas.

Periods of rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms. Localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding.

Outlook for Tuesday: Periods of rain, heavy at times and thunderstorms with over most places.

An active trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Fiji. The associated cloud, rain and thunderstorms will affect the group till Wednesday.

Expect bad weather from tomorrow as Tropical Depression heads towards Fiji waters (2/04/16)

The Fiji Meteorological Service office in Nadi and NaDraki Weather are forecasting that there is a likelihood of a tropical cyclone to form between Fiji and Vanuatu waters tomorrow.

Forecasts continue to indicate the developing Tropical disturbance ‘TD14F’ is slow moving and will strengthen to a strong tropical depression as it moves through waters between Fiji and Vanuatu tomorrow and Monday.

Potential for TD14F to develop into a cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours is low to moderate.

NaDraki Weather says this is likely to remain a strong tropical depression, there is a risk it could strengthen to a Category 1 tropical cyclone intensity. Heavy falls are a risk from tomorrow morning with associated flash flooding in low lying areas.

The forecasts remain in agreement that the system will move towards Fiji but pass west and then south of Viti Levu late on Monday or early Tuesday.

Ahead of its centre bands of cloud and heavy rain will start to affect the north and west of Fiji from tonight and extend throughout tomorrow.

Situation: A trough of low pressure lies just to the north of Fiji and is moving southwards towards the group. Associated cloud and rain

A trough of low pressure lies just to the north of Fiji and is moving southwards towards the group. Associated cloud and rain affects the northern parts of Fiji.

The forecast to midnight tomorrow is occasional showers over most places, with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms expected.

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