Weather Alert : Heavy rains expected in several areas

Weather Alert : Heavy rains expected in several areas

The Department of Meteorology says heavy rains are expected in several parts of Sri Lanka today.

Showers or thundershowers are expected at several places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-western provinces and in the Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts during the afternoon or night.

Fairly heavy showers above 75mm are likely in some places. Showers may occur in the Northern, Eastern, Uva and North-Central provinces and in Southern coastal areas during the morning.

The public is requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

Meanwhile, showers or thundershowers are expected at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kaluthra to Pottuvil via Galle and Matara. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the other sea areas around the Island.

Winds will be north-easterly and wind speed will be 20-30 kmph. Wind speed may increase up to 40 kmph at times over the sea areas off the coast extending from Chilaw to Trincomalee via Puttalam and Kankasanthurai and from Hambantota to Galle via Matara.

Sea areas off the coast extending from Chilaw to Trincomalee via Puttalam and Kankasanthurai and from Hambantota to Galle via Matara will be fairly rough at times. The other sea areas around the island will be slight.

Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

(courtesy NewsWire)