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TC Zena Weakens To Category 1: Na Draki

A less eventful night than anticipated for Fiji as TC Zena weakened soon after dark last night as the circulation encountered strong middle and upper level winds. These winds pushed
07 Apr 2016 08:42
TC Zena Weakens To Category 1: Na Draki
A less eventful night than anticipated for Fiji as TC Zena weakened soon after dark last night as the circulation encountered strong middle and upper level winds.
These winds pushed the larger and very prominent cloud bands and the accompanying heavy rain away to the south, sparing the western and central division from the predicted heavy rain prior to the arrival of the cyclone.
Secondly, the unexpectedly strong middle and upper level winds caused the circulation of TC Zena to weaken as the convection around the centre of the cyclone was pushed southwards at higher levels, while the surface circulation continued on its predicted path.
Thus winds over Viti Levu were much weaker than expected – by about midnight the cloud structure had weakened so greatly it was barely a category 1 system.
As of 6am this morning the centre of TC Zena was located close to Ono in southern Lau and moving east-southeast towards Tongatapu. Right now all of the cloud and heavy rain has cleared away to the far south-east of the country and over the next few hours it will clear completely.
In the wake of the cyclone we now have moderating southwest to southerly winds pushing over Fiji – stable and drier air is being pushed up over us from the south so weather is anticipated to improve quickly today. The radar at Nausori shows no significant rain echoes in our region at this time and any showers today will be brief and light in comparison to recent days.
Temperatures will be quite mild and humidity will drop and sunshine will slowly increase, especially over the west where flood levels will be receding quickly now after the high tide and rivers drain remaining flood waters into the sea.
For Fiji – isolated showers about the central and eastern division this morning slowly clearing then fine throughout with clouds lifting and clearing and sunny spells developing, especially about the west. Moderate to fresh west to southwest winds shifting southerly during the day. Temperatures and humidity decreasing.

Outlook for the next three days – Tomorrow and the weekend are all looking nice as southerly winds tend southeasterly as trade winds settle in once more.  A mix of sun and clouds with some brief trade wind showers about the maritime islands and the windward coasts of the main islands. Fine and sunny elsewhere. Mild days and cool nights with moderate trade winds and afternoon sea breezes.

 

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