Dry days ahead

THE continuous dry spell may hit certain parts of the country badly, especially with water supply and associated utilities, says the Fiji Meteorological Service.

Director of Metereology Alipate Waqaicelua said this was the result of the regional and global climate predictions which indicated average to below average rainfall was anticipated for the next three to six months Fiji-wide.

However, he reassured some parts of Fiji, especially the windward sides, would still receive rain.

“The Western Division has been the driest of all divisions since June 2014,” Mr Waqaicelua said.

“A similar scenario, as in the windward zone, is in store for the west, at this stage, as we progress into our wet season. As we move into our normal wet season, it is expected that the rain will be more frequent.

“Whilst saying this, it should be noted that if the potential El Nino that most of the global climate centres are still favouring to develop in the Pacific from October to December 2014, then these rainfall amounts may not be sufficient to return our current trend to at least average.”

On the other extreme, the Nadi Weather Office predicted that should one or two tropical cyclones directly or come close to Fiji, resultant rains may tip the balance for most parts of the country.

He also explained the cool nights currently experienced in many parts of the country occurred during our “cool and dry season”.

Temperatures are normally cooler, and air drier than usual during this time of the year.

Meanwhile, weather officials have determined the prolonged dry spell experienced in the Western Division and other parts of the country is called a meteorological drought.

This was determined by weather officials at a stakeholders meeting at the Commissioner Western’s office in Lautoka on Monday.

Acting Commissioner Western Luke Moroivalu said there were other factors of the dry spell that needed to be determined before a drought could be declared.

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