Weather watch: Damaging heavy swell alert

A damaging heavy swell alert is now in force for the coastal areas of Southwest Viti Levu. Picture: SUPPLIED

A damaging heavy swell alert is now in force for the coastal areas of Southwest Viti Levu (Natadola – Coral Coast – Pacific Harbour), Southern coastal areas of Mamanuca group, Beqa, Kadavu and Vatulele.

The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning says  an intensifying high pressure system to the southwest of Fiji is directs a fresh to strong southeast wind flow over the group.

A strong wind warning also remains in force for the land areas of Yasawa and Mamanuca group and the Northeastern parts of Viti Levu (Rakiraki) and Vanua Levu (Udu Point) and is now in force for the Land areas of Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands and the southwest parts of Viti levu (Sigatoka to Pacific Harbour) and Vanua Levu (Nabouwalu)

The high pressure system is moving east and is expected to generate and direct heavy swells over the southwest waters of the Fiji group from later tomorrow.

The forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group expect southeast winds with average speed of 50km/hr for  Yasawa and Mamanuca group and the northeastern parts of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

For Lau and Lomaiviti group, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, southwest parts of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu expect moderate to fresh southeast winds today.

Winds increasing tomorrow with average speed of 50km/hr and gusts up to 60km/hr.

For the rest of Fiji group, moderate to fresh southeast winds and gusty at times.

Cloudy periods with brief showers over the eastern parts and interior of the larger islands, mainly fine weather elsewhere today and isolated afternoon showers possible tomorrow.

Cool at night and rough to very rough seas.

Outlook for Friday, cloudy periods with brief showers over the eastern parts and interior of the larger islands.

Mainly fine elsewhere. Cool at night.

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