2:20pm Wednesday NZDT / 1:30pm FIJI –— Tropical Cyclone Mal brushed past Fiji this morning along the western side of the largest island (Viti Levu) as a Severe Category 3 storm.
Despite the strengthening to a severe storm in the early hours, MAL was tracking offshore to the west – sparing much of Fiji from the storm’s worst weather.
As of mid afternoon Wednesday the Fiji Met Service had dropped the storm back to Category 2, as it tracks southwards and will now weaken and fall apart in the days ahead.
Here is the latest from our weather news desk and our weather video from Tuesday – worth noting that tracking for MAL has changed very little since the video was recorded yesterday. Sadly we have no video update today due to a significant power cut where our studio is. Power has been restored now so we’ll be back on Thursday.
This is our final update on this specific page for Cyclone Mal.
The latest tracking does show the centre of Mal hopefully tracking further west of Viti Levu. As our video says, it may still make a more direct hit and those in Fiji should pay very close attention to the Fiji Met Service and other weather providers across Tuesday and Wednesday.
The storm exits Fiji on Wednesday and may bring extra humidity and dangerous seas to around Tonga. Otherwise Mal should fall apart north of NZ.
Elsewhere and the tropics aren’t too active or stormy in the next 7 days ahead – but the Northern Hemisphere is showing signs of more life than previous months.
And we have a 7 Day Rainfall Map for the entire Pacific region – to help work out where the heaviest rain and cyclones will track.