A tropical low near the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu is expected to develop into a named tropical cyclone later this week and may bring severe impacts to Fiji.

In recent days, the low brought heavy rainfall to parts of the Solomon Islands and northern Vanuatu but will now track toward Fiji in the coming days.

Improved weather is expected across the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu on Thursday while rainfall begins to increase around Fiji.

Development into a named tropical cyclone is possible as early as Thursday as the storm approaches Fiji.

If a name is given to this potential tropical cyclone, it will be called Tino.

While there may be a few showers and thunderstorms across Fiji into Wednesday, the weather is forecast to worsen from Wednesday night into Thursday.

The potential exists for the tropical threat to strengthen rapidly as it approaches Fiji, and it could deliver a direct hit on several islands.

Strong winds and heavy rainfall will batter the islands from Thursday night into Friday night regardless of the storm's precise intensity as it takes a turn toward the southeast.

At this time, Vanua Levu and Taveuni Island are at greatest risk for the worst impacts from the potential tropical cyclone.

Source: accuweather.com