Weather watch: Expect strong winds, moderate swells over Fiji waters

2 to 3 meters (blue and green shades) of swells are predicted for today and tomorrow over open waters of Fiji and which may cause inundation of low lying areas along the Coral Coast, Beqa, Vatulele, Kadavu and Southern Lau during high tides.

MEMBERS of the public have been asked to keep updated with weather reports as a high pressure system located to the southwest of the Fiji Group has directed a strong southeast wind flow over Fiji waters for the past few days.

Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) director Ravind Kumar said the sustained winds had caused moderate southerly swells to build up over open waters.

“Strong winds coinciding with moderate swells of 2 to 3metres over Fiji waters and high tide that is expected to be more than 2m near the coast pose a risk of inundation over low lying coastal areas especially during high tides today and tomorrow,” he said.

“There is moderate chance that the waves riding on to the high tide reaching the coastline can over wash vegetation line and even on to the roads along the Coral Coast (especially Vatukarasa), Beqa, Vatulele, Kadavu and Southern Lau.

“The moderate swells will gradually ease from Thursday.”

Those interested in further information have been urged to contact 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website on www.met.gov.fj.

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