A low-pressure system associated with the active trough of low pressure currently affecting the Fiji Group has intensified into a tropical disturbance, TD04F.
Currently located 140km southwest of Yasawa-i-Rara, the Fiji Weather Office says the potential for this system to develop into a tropical cyclone over Fiji waters is very low due to unfavourable environmental conditions.
The disturbance and the associated trough of low-pressure is drifting eastwards and expected to move away from the Western Division overnight and gradually from the rest of the country by later tomorrow.
The system is expected to produce periods of rain, heavy at times, and thunderstorms over most parts of the Group today, but gradually ease to showers and clear from the west overnight tonight and gradually from the rest of the Group.
A Flood Warning is in force for Ba and Rakiraki Rivers, while a Flood Alert is in force for Nasivi River (Tavua). A Flash Flood Warning remains in force for flood prone areas, small streams and low-lying crossings in the Western, Central and Eastern Divisions. According to authorities, the water-level in the Ba River has surpassed the warning-level, urging vigilance.
The next high tide is at around 6pm this evening.
A Heavy Rain Warning remains in force for the whole of Fiji Group. A strong wind warning is in force for the land areas of Yasawa and Mamanuca Groups, northern Viti Levu (Tavua-Rakiraki), northern Bua, Macuata province, and Lau and Lomaiviti Groups.