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.