The 2018 World Meteorological Day will be celebrated at Subrail Park in Labasa, Vanua Levu this year on the 23rd of March.

The event is being organised by the Department of Fiji Meteorological Service in partnership with the Commissioner Northern’s Office.

Since 1961, World Meteorological Day has commemorated the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization on March 23rd, 1950, and the essential contributions that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society.

Each year during these worldwide celebrations, there is a focus on a theme of topical interest.

The theme for 2018 is “weather- ready, climate smart”.

The theme recognizes the role that societies have in shaping our nation and focuses on the crucial role of meteorological services in strengthening the safety and resilience of communities to weather and climate events.

Meteorological awareness is an important aspect of the strategies for ensuring a sustainable future for the nation. The 2018 theme clearly supports that.

Overall, this theme captures the importance of timely dissemination of relevant information towards building resilience for any unexpected weather and climate events.

The World Meteorological Day celebration provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the weather, climate and hydrology, to the general public, schools and stakeholders.

The one-day activity will commence with a march at 8:30am from St. Mary Primary School along Main Street to ANZ Bank, then towards Subrail Park.

Activities for the celebration will include a quiz, a poster and other impromptu competitions on the weather and climate for students and the general public.

Prizes will be awarded to winning students.