Suppressed rainfall experienced in Fiji since June: Fiji Met

Suppressed rainfall was experienced in many parts of Fiji since mid- June 2018. Picture: SUPPLIED

SUPPRESSED rainfall was experienced in many parts of Fiji since mid-June this year.

A statement issued this week by the Fiji Meteorological Service noted some record-breaking total monthly lowest rainfall during August.

The statement noted that Nabouwalu, Laucala Bay, Monasavu, Vanuabalavu and Tokotoko stations recorded its lowest total monthly rainfall for August since observations began in 1935, 1942, 1980, 1985 and 1992, respectively.

“Notably, Rarawai Mill to Yaqara recorded 85 consecutive dry days from around the middle of June to early September.

“Furthermore, extended period of dry days ranging from 33 to 69 days were observed at majority of the other stations in the Western Division and the northern parts of Vanua Levu in the period June to September 2018,” the Fiji Met said.

“The accumulated rainfall over the June to August 2018 period was significantly drier than normal over majority of the country, with well below average rainfall recorded in most parts of the Western Division and Northern Vanua Levu.

“Consequently, a number of places around the country were in a meteorological drought affecting the grasslands, shallow-rooted plants and small water bodies (e.g. small water tanks, creeks and streams) at the end of August, 2018.”

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