A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for the following land areas of Fiji; Yasawa group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, northern parts of Viti Levu, Coral coast to Pacific Harbor and Lau and Lomaiviti group.

A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for Fiji Waters.

A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for the land areas and waters of Rotuma.

At 9am today, tropical disturbance TD01F was located near 12.6 south latitude and 176.3 west longitude or about 70 kilometres north-northwest of Wallis or about 555 kilometres northeast of Udu Point.

The system is moving west-southwest at 10 kilometres per hour in between Fiji and Rotuma.

The chances of TD01F intensifying into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours and possibly a tropical cyclone by Sunday.

The other tropical low remains weak and expected to linger around the area between Rotuma and Vanuatu.

Meanwhile, a moist easterly wind flow prevails over the group bringing showers over the northern and eastern parts of Fiji.

A trough of low pressure lies just to the north of Rotuma and is expected to bring rain which can be heavy at times and thunderstorms over the island.

Forecast to midnight tonight for the Fiji group

Easterly winds with average wind speeds up to 46km/hr and gusting to 55km/hr over Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Northeast Vitilevu, Coral coast to Pacific Harbour, the Lau and Lomaiviti group.

These winds are not destructive but could be dangerous for those navigating Fiji Waters.

It is expected to rain on and off, heavy at times and possible thunderstorms over Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller island eastern parts and interior of Viti Levu [Rakiraki through Nausori to Navua].

Expect it to be mostly cloudy with showers and possible thunderstorms over the rest of the group.

Mariners need to be cautious while venturing out to sea as easterly winds with speeds up to 20 to 25 knots, rough seas and moderate easterly swells is expected over Fiji waters.

Poor visibility in areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Winds may further increase to 30 knots with rough to very rough seas from later tomorrow.

Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

With rain in the past few days and soil being saturated, any frequent heavy rainfall increases the risk of flash flooding in low lying areas.

Make sure to check back with the Fiji Met. on our website, and social media over the coming days for the latest forecasts updates and information.
For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj.

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