THE Fiji Meteorological Service is keeping a close eye on a tropical depression that has developed into a tropical cyclone near Tonga.
Although Tropical Cyclone Ian, a category one storm, situated to the south east of Lakeba poses no threat to Fiji at the present time, the authorities are closely monitoring the system as it continues to develop and intensify, says acting weather director Aminiasi Tuidraki.
"We will know more over the next 24 to 48 hours," he said.
"While it poses no danger to Fiji at the moment, we have noted that it developed from a tropical depression to a category one tropical cyclone relatively quickly and this is of some concern.
"This system is responsible for the humidity and heat currently being experienced across the Fiji group."
Mr Tuidraki said while it was uncertain whether TC Ian would affect Fiji, special weather bulletins were being issued for Vava'u and Hapai in Tonga — the islands closest to the storm.
"We are very closely monitoring TC Ian and if and when it does enter the Fiji area, we will issue warnings and the possible track of the cyclone."