Weather watch: Expect heavy rain as trough of low pressure moves towards Fiji

Motorists are advised to drive safely on our roads in light of the wet weather conditions being experienced around the country. Picture: FT FILE

THE general public has been advised to exercise caution as a trough of low pressure remains slow moving to the west of Fiji and expected to bring rain with it over the next few days.

In an advisory issued from Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) last night, Fiji should expect isolated heavy falls as the trough draws closer to the country which may result in flash flooding due to poor drainage.

Pedestrians and motorists are advised to refrain from walking or driving through floodwaters.

Though shallow and still in appearance, floodwaters may be deeper and faster flowing and may contain dangerous debris. Flooding can also erode or wash away road surfaces creating potholes or uneven surfaces which may not be visible.

Parents and teachers are advised to monitor whereabouts of children at all times and to keep them away from flooded drains or waterways.

It is advisable to prepare and keep a family emergency kit at all times that include clean drinking water and canned/dried food for 3 days, a battery powered radio, a torch with spare batteries, medicine, essential documents, clothes, and other essentials.

As an act of preparedness, be certain about the location of your nearest evacuation center. If unsure about your nearest evacuation center, contact your District Officer, District Advisory Councillor, or Village Headman.

Members of the public can contact the Fiji Roads Authority by phone on 5720 to enquire about affected roads and crossings.

The public is advised to continually monitor weather bulletins and forecasts on the radio or on the Fiji Meteorological Services Website at www.met.gov.fj.

Weather Update:

Issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre Nadi

at 3:30pm on Wednesday the 26th of September 2018

 

A trough of low pressure lies slow moving over the south-western parts of the group. Associated cloud and showers affects Kadavu, southern and eastern parts of Viti Levu and the Southern Lau group.

Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group:

Occasional showers over Southern Lau group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, the interior, southern and eastern parts of the Viti Levu.

Isolated afternoon or evening thunderstorms with heavy falls expected. Elsewhere, cloudy periods with showers especially in the afternoon or evening.

Moderate to fresh east to southeast winds. Moderate to rough seas.

Outlook for Friday     : Showers over most places. Isolated thunderstorms and heavy falls passible in the afternoon or evening.

 

For Navua / Suva / Nausori :

Occasional showers. Isolated afternoon or evening thunderstorms with heavy falls expected.

Outlook for Friday     : Occasional showers, possibly heavy at times.

 

For Sigatoka / Coral Coast : Cloudy periods with showers especially in the afternoon or evening.

Outlook for Friday : Some showers.

 

For Nadi / Lautoka / Ba :

Public are advised to take heed of the rainy condition and remain updated with the latest weather information.

Cloudy periods with showers especially in the afternoon or evening.

Outlook for Friday     : Showers especially in the afternoon or

evening.

 

For Tavua/ Rakiraki:

Cloudy periods with showers especially in the afternoon or evening.

Outlook for Friday :  Showers especially in the afternoon or evening.

 

For Labasa :

Cloudy periods with showers especially in the afternoon or evening.

Outlook for Friday     : Occasional showers, possibly heavy at times and few thunderstorms.

 

For Savusavu : Cloudy periods with showers especially in the

afternoon or evening. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms with heavy falls possible.

Outlook for Friday     : Occasional showers, possibly heavy at times and few thunderstorms.

 

For Rotuma : Situation: A moist easterly wind flow prevails over

Rotuma. Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure is expected to affect Rotuma tomorrow.

Fine apart from brief showers today. Showers and isolated thunderstorms expected tomorrow.

Moderate easterly winds, fresh at times Moderate to rough seas.

Outlook for Friday     : Some showers and possible thunderstorms.

 

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