Heavy rain is projected over most parts of the Fiji Group into early next week from tomorrow prompting warnings from the Fiji Weather Office to the public to take extra precaution particularly in areas that have been experiencing extended periods of rain in recent days.
“With already saturated soil, there is a risk of flooding and landslides, risk of lightning strikes during thunderstorms, poor visibility on roads and at sea,” the Fiji Meteorological Service warned in its latest update.
“A Heavy Rain Alert remains in force for the Northern Division, western interior of Viti Levu, western and northern Viti Levu, Kadavu, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group. A Flash Flood Watch remains in force for all low lying and flood prone areas for the Northern Division, western interior of Viti Levu, western and northern Viti Levu, Kadavu, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group. A heavy rain warning will be issued for the Northern Division, Yasawa and Mamanuca Group from tonight.”
The weather conditions and warnings stem from a trough of low pressure system with cloud and rain that is slow moving to the northwest of Fiji
and currently affecting parts of the country. This trough is expected to move over the group and bring continuous heavy rain over most parts of the country from tomorrow. Meanwhile, a northerly wind flow prevails over the group. Also, another trough of low pressure with associated rain and thunderstorms is likely to
approach the Group from the West on Sunday and is expected to enhance heavy rain and prolong the event into early next week.
The FMS says it will continue to monitor this weather event and update warnings and forecasts accordingly.