Weather watch: Expect isolated thunderstorms, heavy rain

Satellite image at 12pm on 08 October 2018.

OCCASIONAL rain with isolated thunderstorms and heavy falls is expected over most places, becoming frequent and heavy later today.

This was the word from the Fiji Meteorological Service director Ravind Kumar in an advisory issued earlier this afternoon.

According to Mr Kumar, a trough of low pressure with associated rain and thunderstorms lies slow moving over the Fiji Group and is expected to affect the country till Wednesday.

The trough has potential to produce total rainfall of more than 50mm in 24 hours.

Isolated heavy falls may lead to flash flooding of low-lying and flood prone areas, especially in those areas with persistent isolated heavy falls.

The risk is elevated during high tide.

“We will continue monitoring the situation closely and any alert and warning will be issued as and when necessary,” Mr Kumar said.

“Members of the public are advised to remain updated with the latest weather information and take alerts and warnings seriously.”

Rain is expected to gradually ease from west of the Group by Wednesday while occasional showers and thunderstorms may persist over most places, however isolated heavy falls is possible.

For Fiji waters; mariners can expect east to southeast winds 15 to 20 knots with moderate to rough seas and moderate southerly swells. Poor visibility in areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms.