Monsoon conditions to prevail

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The Department of Meteorology reported that the South-West monsoon condition is gradually establishing over the island.

Showers or thundershowers will occur today (17) at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts, while heavy showers about 100 mm can occur at some places in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts.

Several spells of showers will occur in Northern Province and in Anuradhapura and Hambantota districts.

Strong winds about 40-50 kmph can be expected at times over the western slope of the central hills, Northern, North-Central and North-Western provinces and in Hambantota and Trincomalee districts.

The Department adviced the public to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.