Bad weather moves southwest, rain advisory cancelled

The Samoa Meteorology Office has cancelled a heavy rain advisory it had issued for Samoa on Wednesday.

The cancellation was offered by the Met Office in its weather bulletin at 5pm on Wednesday evening.

 "The convergence zone is now lies just southwest of the islands with associated clouds and showers," the weather forecast update reads.

 "This system is expected to move further away to the south from Samoa as the ridge of high pressure system to the Northeast will take charge of our weather conditions. 

"As a result, the heavy rain advisory is now cancelled to reflect this situation."

On Tuesday, the Meteorology office cautioned the country to prepare for heavy rain and possible flooding.

A warning was followed by a night of heavy downpours in some parts of Samoa.

For small crafts, the previous advisory will remain effective for all of Samoa.

The intense high pressure system is now located to the further south of Southern Cooks and continues to direct the moderate to fresh easterly winds over the island’s coastal to open waters.

“Combined wave and swell heights of 2-3 meters as observed on the wave watch observations this afternoon,” advisory stated.

“These swells are expected to decrease by tomorrow. However, another set of high swells is expected for Friday.

“Therefore, these conditions warrant the extension of the Small Craft Advisory for all coastal to open waters of Samoa.”

Potential Impacts For Southern Coastal to Open Waters:

Fresh Southeast winds with strong currents as well as rough seas. Observe poor visibility in showers.

The next severe weather information for small crafts will be issued at 5:00 am.

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