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More afternoon thundershowers predicted

The Meteorology Department yesterday forecast that there is a high possibility for afternoon thundershowers particularly in the Eastern, Uva, Central and North-Central Provinces and in the Vavuniya and Mullaitivu districts during the next few days.

“Showers or thundershowers will occur at Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western Provinces and the Galle and Matara districts and fairly heavy falls about 75 mm are likely at some places in these areas.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere after 2.00 pm. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the coastal areas extending from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo and Gallem” the Meteorology Department said.

The general public were requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning.

“Winds will be Westerly to South-Westerly with speeds between (30-40) kmph in the coastal areas around the island. The sea area extending from Hambantota to Pottuvil and from Puttalam to Kankasanturai via Mannar can be rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to (50-55) kmph at times. Temporarily strong gusty winds (up to 70-80 kmph) and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers,” the Meteorology Department observed.

Meanwhile, the Natural Hazards Early Warning Center yesterday issued a weather advisory for heavy rains and lightening.

It warned of showers or thunder showers with heavy falls about 100mm and lightning activities are likely in some areas including the Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, North-Central and Northern Provinces during the next several hours starting from 3.00 last afternoon (11) until today.

“The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning. Temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmph are also possible during thundershowers,” the Natural Hazards Early Warning Center further warned.

The Meteorology Department advised that people should, “seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees, avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms, avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms, avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats, bware of fallen trees and power lines.

The department requested the public to contact the local disaster management authorities in an emergency situation.

 


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