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Brace for the heat

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FIJI will get hotter in the months to come.

That is the word from the Fiji Meteorological Service as temperatures experienced in the past few weeks went right up to 34 degrees Celsius.

Fiji Meteorological Service director Aminiasi Tuidraki said Suva recorded some of the hottest temperatures this month.

"The highest recorded temperature for Suva in January is 34.6C, a historical record. It also reached 33.2C on January 19," Mr Tuidraki said.

He said drier and warmer conditions were experienced in most parts of the country over the first three weeks of January.

"We are in the neutral El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) state and this is the main reason the temperature is higher than normal," Mr Tuidraki said.

"Suva's weather and climate have been influenced by the warm and moist easterly wind flow, surface heating and high humidity.

"Similar climate patterns have been observed in the past with high rainfall and temperature variability from one month to another."

He said above normal temperatures were being recorded throughout the country.

"Majority of the locations have recorded daytime temperatures in the range of 0.5C to 2.0C above the January normal temperature."

Mr Tuidraki said high temperatures were always recorded from January to March every year where the cyclone season also peaked and the transition month was April.

"Our dry season is from May where heating is also reduced.

"It always takes some bad weather system like a tropical cyclone to come over the country and rain for many days to really cool down the temperatures.

"Fiji is in the middle of the tropical season as well as in its rainy sea son. Natural disasters do happen and the best advice is to remain vigilant and be prepared should adverse weather conditions come our way."





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