Bad weather expected to continue on New Year's day

Streets of Apia were quiet on New Year’s Eve due to bad weather which brought heavy rain.

Despite Tropical Cyclone Sarai locating near Tonga and continuing to move east and away from Samoa, a convergence zone remains within the vicinity of the islands.

Convergence Zone that links to TC Sarai will remain over Samoa, says MET Office.

This means Samoa can expect heavy downpour of rain and gusty winds during New Year's day.

Regular online weather updates from the office have continuously warned the public of heavy rain for all of Samoa.

Tropical Cyclone Sarai was downgraded to a Category 1 system early Tuesday morning about 1017 to the South South-west of Apia.

“Cloud band overhead Samoa, affecting all islands. Another burst of heavy rain and strong wind gusts impact Savai'i and currently moving toward Upolu in the early afternoon,” MET Samoa report reads.

“Possible flooding and landslides to vulnerable areas. Marine advisory remains in force for coastal and open waters.”

Impact of the convergence over Samoa includes poor visibility, fresh and gusty winds, foggy and slippery roads and pooling near roadsides and waterways.

For those living close to the sea, strong and pull out currents as well as rough seas are to be expected.

Weather update at 2a.m. Tuesday morning said that swell observation shows an increasing trend in westerly swells arrival.

These sets of swells from TC Sarai is predicted to reach 3 meters by Wednesday into 3.5 meters.

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