|Saturday, 5 April 2003|
by Asanga Warnakulasuriya
With growing fears of a possible Iraqi attack using chemical weapons, Director of Meteorological Department, N.A. Ameradasa yesterday said that the impact of such an attack will be negligible on Sri Lanka.
"There will be a lesser effect on Sri Lanka since the wind flow will not be across the Arabian subcontinent during this time of the year", he said.
The Director said that public were very concerned with this issue since South Western monsoon winds will be starting in mid April . He also said that there will be minimal smoke particles and dust coming down with rain water after the attacks on Iraqi oil wells.
Meanwhile the Deputy Director, G.B. Samarasinghe said that the period where the sun will move directly above Sri Lanka will start today from Dondra to Point Pedro, ending on April 15.
The Deputy Director predicted that the present warm and humid conditions during night will remain till August or September due to the ocean getting warm slowly during the daytime, and remains for a longer time. "Therefore, the wind blowing over during the early night is warm and humid", he added.
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