Weather watch: Heavy rain warning this Easter weekend

The weatherman has issued a heavy rain warning throughout the long Easter weekend. Picture: ATU RASEA

The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi at 3:30pm today says there will be cloudy periods with some showers over most places and isolated heavy falls possible. Picture: ATU RASEA/FILE

Update: 7:17PM A HEAVY rain warning is in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, northern Lau group, northern Viti Levu, Yasawa, Mamanuca and the interior and eastern parts of Viti Levu.

In a press conference this afternoon, Fiji Meteorological Services director Ravind Kumar said a heavy rain alert was also in force for the rest of the country. 

“A strong wind warning remains in force for the Southwest Viti Levu Waters, Kadavu and Vatu-i-Ra passages, Southern Koro Sea and Southern Lau waters,” Mr Kumar said.

“All communities living in flood-prone and low-lying areas are requested to take precaution and remain vigilant through this weekend. 

“Mariners should expect easterly winds 20 to 25 knots with rough seas and moderate Southeast swells over Southwest Viti Levu Waters, Kadavu and Vatu-i-Ra passages, Southern Koro Sea and Southern Lau waters. 

“Elsewhere, northerly winds 15 to 20 knots are expected with moderate to rough seas and moderate Southeast swells.”

Mr Kumar said a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain would affect the country over the long Easter weekend. 

He added the trough was expected to become active with a tropical low developing along the trough to the west of Fiji.

“The low is likely to intensify into a disturbance and deepen into a tropical depression within the vicinity of the Fiji group,” he said.

“The possibility of the system to develop into a tropical cyclone remains low to moderate for the next three days.

“Rain is expected to become frequent and heavy as we progress into the weekend. Therefore, the chances of flash flooding and flooding of low-lying areas and the possibility of river flooding will be high through the Easter weekend.”

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