Met Dept warns of gusty winds, lightning strikes
The Meteorology Department yesterday (26) predicted that the prevailing inclement weather will continue and showers or thundershowers will occur in the next few days in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and in the Galle and Matara Districts.
Heavy showers above 75 mm could be expected in a few places in these areas. Several shower spells could be expected in the North-Western Province. Showers or thundershowers could occur in the evening or night in a few places in the Uva Province and Ampara and Batticaloa Districts.
Fairly gusty strong winds up to 40 to 50 kmph and wind velocity is expected to increase to 60 kmph in the western slope of the central hill country, Northern, North-Central and NorthWestern Provinces and in Hambantota and Trincomalee Districts. Possible heavy winds and lightning strikes could be expected and precautionary measures to minimise damage caused by temporary localised heavy winds and lightning strikes, should be taken.
Showers or thundershowers could occur at several places in the deep and shallow seas from Colombo extending to Galle via Kalutara. Wind velocity is expected to be from 40 to 50 kmph from South Westerly moving towards a westerly direction around the island and expected to increase to 60 kmph at times from Galle extending to Pottuvil via Matara and Hambantota and Puttalam extending to Kankesanthurai via Mannar.
The deep and shallow seas from Galle extending to Pottuvil via Hambantota as well as from Puttalam extending to Kankesanthurai via Mannar will remain turbulent including other areas surrounded by the sea. Fishermen and seafarers have been instrucred to be cautious while navigating via these regions.