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Cold spell for 8 days

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, July 19, 2013

THERE is nothing peculiar with the cold weather conditions being experienced in the country for the past week.

Director of Meteorology Alipate Waqaicelua said the cold conditions being experienced were from very deep southerly winds coming from New Zealand to Fiji.

"It's blowing over us for almost a week and almost bringing cool and dry conditions in the western parts of the main island," he said.

"But in the eastern parts, there are some showers now and then, and the showers evaporate very quickly.

"There is nothing peculiar with the cold conditions. The old meteorologists call it the bogi walu (eight nights) of winds from the south," said Mr Waqaicelua.

The lowest temperature on record since the onset of the cold weather was 10.5 degrees Celsius at Penang Mill on Wednesday morning.

Yesterday, the lowest temperature was 15 degrees Celsius at Monasavu Dam, 16.2 degrees Celsius in Lautoka, 18.5 degrees Celsius at Penang Mill, 20 degrees Celsius at Labasa Airport and 19.5 degrees Celsius in Nausori.

The Nadi Weather Office said the temperature at the rest of the places yesterday morning was generally in the lower 20 degrees Celsius mark.


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