The Meteorology Department predicted yesterday (18) that the Southwest monsoon is expected over the country today (19) and showers or thundershowers could be expected in several parts starting today. Showers or thundershowers could occur at times in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Northwestern, and Southern provinces, based on the current state of the atmosphere.
It also predicted that heavy rainfall exceeding 75 millimeters in Sabaragamuwa Province, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, and Matara districts. Showers are likely to occur in the Northern Province and Anuradhapura District.
Strong gusty winds about 40 to 50 kilometres per hour (kmph) could be expected on occasions over the Western slope of Central Hill Country, Northern- Central and Western provinces and in Hambantota and Trincomalee districts.
The public have been cautioned of possible heavy winds and lightning strikes. They have been advised to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid possible harm and damage.
Showers or thundershowers could also occur in the seas off the coast from Puttalam extending to Hambantota via Colombo, Galle and Matara. Showers or thundershowers could be expected at few other coastal areas too.
Wind velocity is expected to be from 35 to 45 kmph from South-westerly direction in the shallow and deep seas surrounding the island. It is expected to increase from 50 to 60 kmph at times in the seas off the coast from Kankesanthurai extending to Trincomalee.
The wind velocity may increase from 60 to 65 kmph in the seas from Kankesanthurai extending to Pottuvil via Mannar, Puttalam, Galle and Hambantota. There is a possibility of waves to rise from 2.5 to 3.00 metres in the said seas. Fishermen and other seafarers have been asked to be vigilant and be well aware of regular weather forecasts of the Met Department.
The seas from Kankesanthurai extending to Pottuvil via Puttalam and Hambantota and the seas from Kankesanthurai extending to Trincomalee would remain severely turbulent. Temporary strong gusty winds and severely turbulent seas could be expected during thundershowers.
BY Naalir Jamaldeen