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The bad weather caused by strong anti-cyclonic winds moving east across the Pacific Ocean is expected to start clearing up from today, says Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari.
Climate change is a major source of concern for the government and protecting key infrastructure from rising waters and weather events is on its radar.
Met service director Arona Ngari earlier this month attended a weather conference in Fiji where he contributed to discussions on education training for Met Service personnel, particularly in the maritime and aviation industries.
The Cook Islands is at risk of a high level of “water stress” as a result of abnormally low rainfall predicted over the next three months, says New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari will be guest speaker at the USP-Plus organisation’s regular evenings this month.
Members of the Solid Waste Management Committee and the Water, Waste and Sanitation Unit (WATSAN) of the Ministry of Infrastructure Cook Islands made the long hike to the summit of Te Kou on Thursday, to upgrade a weather-reading system.
The bad weather which has brought unexpected rain and gusty winds to Rarotonga was triggered by an anti-cyclone system southwest of the Cook Islands.