Fijians are being warned to prepare for huge waves to hit low lying coastal areas tonight.
Meteorologists say they’re being cause by a low pressure system which is generating huge swells.
FijiLive says the situation is expected to peak at 9pm locally when high tide is due.
It’s being reported by international media that some low lying hotel rooms have been flooded by the large seas today.
Image — Red shows swells around 5 to 6 metres high pushing in towards Fiji tonight / Weathermap.co.nz
Huge waves have already hit the Sigatoka and the Coral Coast areas.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says a strong high over the Tasman Sea is helping drive up the seas, with swells reaching as high as 6 metres offshore.
The huge swells are expected to slowly ease overnight and during Saturday.
– NewstalkZB, WeatherWatch.co.nz
on 20/05/2011 8:15am
Ummmm is this normal?
on 20/05/2011 7:46am
Hopefully the wind is not too strong and the surfers will be getting some monster waves at Cloudbreak. http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Cloudbreak/forecasts/latest
Maybe there could be an entry in the Billabong XXL wave challenge for this year?:
“…….. no wayyyyyyyyy!”
on 22/05/2011 9:24pm
I was thinking the same thing about that surf spot
is these swells not the same that the tasman sea and the west coast of NZ got a few days earlier, i.e they have just carried on to Fiji, and is nothing to do with the local weather conditions as its seems to be made out
on 22/05/2011 11:52pm
Yep – we’re unsure who the meteorologists are who are quoted in this story from ZB but as far we’re concerned the swells were caused by the pressure gradient between the large high in the Tasman and lower pressure to the south east – which started moved from NZ’s west coast to Fiji.