Tropical Cyclone Fehi poses no threat to the country
Kelly Vacala/Fiji Met
January 29, 2018 7:06 pm
A Category One Tropical Cyclone has developed after Tropical Disturbance 06F intensified into a significant depression over the weekend.
Fehi was located North-Northwest of Noumea at a distance of 305km West-Northwest of New Caledonia and moving at 18km/hr.
Fehi is the first tropical cyclone named in Fiji’s Area of Responsibility.
On its current track, “Fehi” poses no direct threat to Fiji; however, associated cloud and rain is anticipated to start affecting the western parts of the country from Thursday.
As “Fehi moves southwards, the trough will lie in the close vicinity of Fiji and embedded low are expected to develop later in the week.
For today and tomorrow, expect northerly wind flow over the group with generally fine weather prevailing over most places except for afternoon or evening showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms expected.
Hot and humid conditions to be expected due warmer seas and warm moist northerly wind flow. On the horizon, model guidance suggests that a significant disturbance is likely to develop to the northwest of Fiji later in the weekend or early next week and remain slow moving.
Thus, the risk of heavy rain and potential for flooding of low-lying areas and catchment level will be high.
All communities are advised to remain alert and be prepared as weather may change over short period as we are in the middle of wet and tropical cyclone season.
The public is advised to take alerts and warnings seriously, whenever it is issued.