A heavy rain warning is now in force across Fiji.
In an update this hour, the Fiji Weather Office attributed the conditions to an extensive area of cloud and rain approaching the group from the west which is expected to affect the country until Thursday.
Meanwhile, a moist southeasterly wind flow continues to affect the eastern and central parts of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
For today, occasional rain is expected over the greater Suva, Nausori and Tailevu areas, Naitasiri, Serua/Namosi, Sigatoka to Korolevu, Kadavu, Lau and Lomaiviti groups, Cakaudrove Province and southern parts of Bua. Afternoon and evening showers are anticipated for the rest of the Fiji Group.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected over most places from tomorrow, becoming frequent and heavy from the afternoon.
Heavy falls may lead to flash flooding of low-lying and flood-prone areas, landslides and localised flooding of Irish crossings. Disruption to traffic is likely due to poor visibility in areas of heavy rain.
Furthermore, a high-pressure system to the far south of Fiji directs a fresh to strong southeast wind flow over the country. Accordingly, a strong wind warning remains in force for the land areas of Yasawa Group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti groups. Strong southeasterly winds with speeds up to 45 kilometres per hour is expected over these areas.
Winds of this strength can break tree branches and damage weak and unshielded structures like temporary sheds and tents in exposed communities
Similarly, a Strong Wind Warning remains in force for all Fiji Waters. East to Southeasterly winds 20 to 30 knots and rough to very rough seas is expected over Fiji Waters. Poor visibility in areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Strong winds expected to gradually ease from later Wednesday.
Mariners are advised that sea conditions is highly unsafe for sea travel especially for those navigating in small to medium sea crafts.
The Fiji Meteorological Service will continue to monitor this weather event and update warnings and forecasts accordingly.