Intense high winds forecast

The Samoa Meteorology Division has stated that an intense high-pressure system to the West of New Zealand will continue to impact Samoan shores with moderate to fresh southeast winds and caused elevated swell activities today.

“Observations have shown fresh winds of 35-45kmh over all coastal waters of Samoa and swell activities ranging from 2-2.5 metres," the MET Office said in a statement.

“These fresh winds will persist over the islands for this evening and tomorrow and hence, may increase swell activities to 3 metres for all coastal to open waters of Samoa. Therefore, the advisory for small crafts and Alia fishing boats remains in effect.”

Potential impacts include moderate to fresh southeast winds with strong currents as well as rough seas.

According to the Samoa Meteorology Division, from Monday to Saturday, global models predicted the trades to weaken by Monday when the strong high-pressure system sank further away to the southeast.

“An active convergence zone with associated rain and gusty conditions will revisit the island by Monday evening bringing scattered rainfall and unstable weather conditions through Wednesday. Another strong high-pressure system will enter the group and induce strong south-easterly winds by Thursday and push the aforementioned convergence zone Northwards," the statement said.

“The return of the tradewind weather for the islands is expected for the aforementioned high-pressure system. Therefore, the heavy rain and wind advisory is likely to issue within the start of the new week if the current prediction remains constant.”


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