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La Nina period has likely passed its peak

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 20/02/2018

Tonga’s Meteorological Office or MET office has released that La Nina or a period that associated with more rain than average has likely passed its peak.

In a statement they reported that a weak La Nina continues in the Pacific Ocean, but may have peaked in recent weeks.

The Director of Tonga’s MET office ‘Ofa Fa’anunu elaborates on the La Nina period.

MET office also advises the public to use water wisely and collect as much rain water as possible when it rains.

Meanwhile, Rainfall in January was above average across the country except Niuafo’ou.

The average rainfall at Niuatoputapu is 250milimeters or 9.8inches but actual rainfall recorded was  450 millimeters.

In Vava’u,  the average was 250 but 300 millimeters  was actually recorded.

In Ha’apai, the average rain was 100 millimeters compared to the actual amount of  350milimeters of rain .

In Fua’amotu, the average was more than 100 but 300 millimeters of rain was collected and in Nuku’alofa, the average was also more than 100 but 450 millimeters of rain was recorded.

Niuafo’ou was below average after they have recorded only 200 millimeters of rain but the average is 300.

MET Office also forecast rainfall to be on average or above average for Tonga in February to April.

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