August 16, 2016 8:44 am

Trough to bring more rain to Fiji

A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain remains slow moving to the north of Fiji. It is expected to drift southwards and start affecting the country from today. The trough is anticipated to remain slow moving until Saturday. Thus, a wet Hibiscus festival can be expected. On Tuesday, cloudy periods with some […]

A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain remains slow moving to the north of Fiji. It is expected to drift southwards and start affecting the country from today.

(Fiji Meteorological Service)
(Fiji Meteorological Service)

The trough is anticipated to remain slow moving until Saturday. Thus, a wet Hibiscus festival can be expected.

On Tuesday, cloudy periods with some showers are likely and showers are anticipated to become frequent later in the day.

From Wednesday, Occasional rain with isolated heavy rainfall is expected. Given that the trough is slow moving, rain is anticipated to continue until Saturday.

Flooding of major rivers are not likely, however, flooding of drains, small streams, and creeks low-lying areas can be anticipated due to localised heavy rainfall associated with the trough.

An improvement in weather is expected later on Saturday as the trough weakens and moves away from the group.

(Fiji Meteorological Service)
(Fiji Meteorological Service)

Following the trough, a cool change is expected as a southerly wind flow extends onto the country from the South. This change is expected to bring about showers confining to the eastern and interior parts of the larger islands.

For Mariners: A strong wind warning remains in force for Northern Lau Waters, Northern Koro Sea, Yasawa Waters, Waters, Northern Vanua Levu Waters and Vatu-I-Ra Passage. Southeast winds 20 to 25 knots and rough seas are forecasted. Visibility will be poor in areas of heavy rain.

For the rest of Fiji waters, Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots can be expected with moderate to rough seas. Visibility will be poor in areas of heavy rain.

Members of the public are advised to take weather forecast and warnings seriously, keep updated with the latest weather information and be prepared for unexpected at all times and to be cautious and be alert if staying in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding.