Weather office on cyclone watch


THE weather office is watching the weather and will warn the public if there is a 30 to 40 per cent chance of a tropical cyclone hitting the country.
“People should always be mindful of the weather and heed warnings during this wet and tropical weather conditions,” acting director of the National Weather Service Jimmy Gomoga says.
He warned people to exercise more care during the current rainy weather.
He said the weak La-Nina weather conditions was prevailing, resulting in the wetter-than-usual conditions.
The country should be braced for more rainfall, mostly in the Southern regions because of the wet and tropical weather conditions.
“Port Moresby drivers be careful on the road during this rainy season,” Gomoga said.
Bougainville, East New Britain, New Ireland, Central and Miline Bay should expect normal-to-above-normal rainfall while the rest of the country should expect to receive normal to below-normal rainfall. Areas of concern during this wet season are the Highlands, Momase and Southern regions where a lot of rain is expected, creating high chances of landslides in the highlands and possible strong winds and rough seas along the coastal areas.
For this week’s weather forecast, Manus, New Ireland and Morobe provinces are expected to receive more rain during the week.
Port Moresby should be fine but cloudy. East and West New Britain are forecast to receive heavy rain during the weekend.