$1.8m radar upgrade for weather office

ABOUT $1.8 million has been allocated to the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) to upgrade its Nadi radar, says director Ravind Kumar.

He said this was in line with plans to modernise equipment to enhance forecasting capabilities.

He said with the evolving weather and climate patterns, FMS had ensured it was well equipped with the latest technology.

“The radar in Nadi is undergoing an upgrade this month for which government had allocated $1.8m,” he said.

“Rotuma is also earmarked to have a new radar soon.”

He said FMS was also looking at enhancing its ocean monitoring capacity to ensure correct information was relayed to the public.

“This is essentially crucial now as heavy swells are affecting the coastal areas frequently.

“The environmental conditions are still conducive to say that the tropical disturbances develop into deep depressions and also tropical cyclones in the next three to four weeks or outside the season.”

The weather office currently has two radars in Labasa and Nausori.

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