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Heavy rainfall warning issued

Samoa can expect a drenching over the weekend in the leadup to White Sunday, the Met Office warned on Friday evening.

A low-pressure trough lying to the southwest of the island combined with a cloud band to the north is going to bring heavy rainfall and thunder, the Samoa Meteorology Division warned. 

The Met Office had on Friday morning cancelled its weather advisories. 

But by the evening it had issued a heavy rain warning for Friday night and into Saturday. 

All major rivers and vulnerable areas are likely to be impacted by the downpours. 

“The trough of low pressure now lies southwest from Samoa, however a broad cloud band to the northeast descends slowly over the country later this evening with numerous showers and heavy rainfall with thundery activities,” the statement read. 

“Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the heavy rain advisory will be upgraded into a heavy rainfall warning for tonight into tomorrow.”

Potential impacts forecast by the bureau include heavy downpour; poor visibility; gusty winds; foggy conditions over mountain passes and ranges; and slippery roads.

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