Wet weather expected to persist

Wednesday March 23, 2016 Written by Published in Weather

The rain showers hitting Rarotonga could continue for a few days, the Cook Islands Meteorological Service says.


Rarotonga has been experiencing wet weather since last week and Cook Islands MetService director Arona Ngari said there may be no letup for a while.

“Some heavy showers and drizzles are expected and these may persist for a day or two.”

Ngari described the rain as a blessing in disguise for the country, which has faced drought under the current El Nino weather pattern.

“This (wet weather) coincides with the cyclone season which will end in a month’s time so whatever rain we can get during this spell is good for us.”

In spite of the plentiful water falling from the skies, Ngari reminded island residents to conserve rainwater for future use, as the projected dry spell could still happen.

“We are reminding people not to be complacent and keep listening to reports on radio and check our website for the latest weather updates.”

Meanwhile, a tropical depression has been located west of Vanuatu and is expected to lie southwest of Fiji later this week.

The Fiji Meteorological Service says the system could develop into a cyclone in the next 24 to48 hours. 

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