Low pressure systems responsible for heavy rain

A low pressure system over northeast Samoa is triggering heavy rainfall over the weekend and into Monday.

The Samoa Meteorological Service (S.M.S.) Acting C.E.O., Fuimaono Lameko Talia, told the Samoa Observer that the weather forecast for the weekend will be associated clouds and showers caused by the low pressure system.

The heavy rainfall is currently being experienced on Upolu and will continue to Monday, according to Fuimaono.

He said the S.M..S is currently monitoring the low pressure system with the forecast for more heavy rain on Sunday. 

“We are requesting to the A.C.E.O. Mulipola Ausetalia that they will issue out a heavy rainfall for Sunday weather,” he added. 

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The highlands of the islands are also likely to be hazardous for drivers, which Fuimaono said could become a safety hazard.

“Highland areas are advise drivers to be careful on the road because of the foggy road,” he said.

“Mostly highlands area advice for isolated showers and thunderstorms.”

Fuimaono said Saturday’s weather will be the same as Sunday with isolated showers for the country from morning till evening, as the low pressure system remains above the country.

“Monday will also have heavy rainfall weather, but throughout the whole week will be fine weather for all Samoa,” he added.

He also advises the public to adhere to road safety rules when driving due to rainfall weather over the weekend.

According to the SMS, the maritime weather will be light variable winds, though there is poor visibility in showers and waves of 1.5-2 meters and no public advisories have been issued.

"But the Meteorology office will update the public with any changes to the weather for today and tomorrow that might occur over time," Fuimaono added.

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