Weather update: Strong wind warning for Fiji waters cancelled

Satellite image at 3pm on 25 October 2018. A trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Vanua Levu and is expected to drift south later today. Picture: SUPPLIED

WHILE the strong wind warning for the Fiji waters has been cancelled, the weather office says the group should expect cloudy periods and showers over the next few days.

Fiji Meteorological Service earlier this afternoon stated that a “heavy rain alert” remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti group, Yasawa Group and the eastern half and interior of Viti Levu.

The weather is such as a trough of low pressure lies slow moving over Vanua Levu and is expected to drift south later today.

Associated cloud and showers affects the northern and eastern parts of the Group and is expected for the next few days.

Occasional showers are expected over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, eastern half and interior of Viti Levu, Lau and Lomaiviti group and the Yasawa Group. Isolated thunderstorms and heavy falls is also likely. Showers possibly increasing to rain and becoming frequent and heavy from tonight.

For the rest of the country, cloudy periods with showers especially in the afternoon and evening. Isolated afternoon heavy falls and thunderstorms possible.

Localised heavy falls may lead to flash flooding of low lying areas. Therefore, communities living in flood prone and low lying areas are reminded to be alert to the possibility of flooding.

For Fiji waters, mariners can expect easterly winds 15 to 20 knots with moderate to rough seas and moderate southerly swells. Poor visibility in areas of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

“We will continue monitoring the situation closely and any alert and warning will be issued as and when necessary. Members of the public are advised to remain updated with the latest weather information and take alerts and warnings seriously,” the weather office stated.

*For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj. You can also visit the Fiji Meteorological Service official Facebook page for latest updates.