Showers and thundershowers expected – Met Dept
By Naalir Jamaldeen
The Meteorology Department, yesterday (29), warned of a low pressure zone forming within 24 hours in the South Eastern area of the Bay of Bengal.
The Department further stated that it will have an impact on weather conditions in the country during the next two to three days, and added that it is monitoring this situation closely, to provide early warnings to the public.
The Meteorology Department instructed fishermen and sailors to be vigilant, as heavy showers accompanied by heavy winds, lightning and thunder are expected.
Senior Meteorologist, Deshamanya Mohammed Saliheen, yesterday predicted that showers or thundershowers could occur in a few places in the next few days in the Northern, North-Central, Central and North-Western Provinces.
He went on to say fairly heavy showers of up to 50 millimetres can be expected in a few places in these areas.
Saliheen also instructed the public to be vigilant regarding lightning strikes and strong winds and to refrain from using electronic items, particularly mobile phones.
He said showers or thundershowers could occur in a few places in the deep and shallow seas from Kankesanturai extending to Hambantota via Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Pottuvil.
"Wind speed is expected to be from 20 to 30 kilometres per hour (kmph) from North- Eastern or alternative directions in certain places in other sea areas surrounding Sri Lanka and there can be some turbulence,” Saliheen added.