Dry spell to continue with lower than average rainfall forecast
August 29, 2018 4:57 am
The prolonged dry spell being experienced around the country is expected to continue over the next three months.
Director Meteorological Services – Ravind Kumar says that while June to August are our driest months of the year, the expectant lower than average rainfall over the coming months is cause for concern.
“Over last two to three months we’ve seen that some of of the areas especially in the North Western part of Viti Levu is experiencing about 40 to 60 days with no rain or very little rain so therefore the dry spell that is currently going is expected to continue, the trend to continue as we enter into September and the forecast for the period between August, September and October for most parts of Fiji is for average to less than average rainfall.”
Kumar is advising that measures be put in place to conserve water where possible and in the interim to use water wisely.
Meanwhile FBC News understand that the situation is being monitored by the National Disaster Management Office with assessments being carried out on the ground on the effects on Agriculture.
The Met Director adds that with the continuing dry spell, a meteorological drought is more than likely, however he maintains they will need to assess the information before finalizing the weather status.