Inclement weather to continue; heavy winds, thundershowers expected | Daily News


Inclement weather to continue; heavy winds, thundershowers expected

The Meteorology Department has warned that inclement weather may continue for a few more days with heavy winds and thundershowers of over 50mm in some places, advising the public to take precautionary measures against damage caused by lightning and localized winds. In an alert issued yesterday the Department warned that showers will occur  in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North Western Provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts while showers or thundershowers are likely in the Uva Province and in the Ampara and Batticaloa districts.

The Met Department warned that wind speeds may pick up to 50kmph at times across the island particularly in the Northern, North-central, and Northwestern provinces as well as Trincomalee, Hambantota, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya districts. The sea area is forecast to be rough from Puttalam, to Mannar and from Matara to Pottuvil via Hambantota.

Meanwhile, naval and fishing communities have been warned that there is a high possibility that the seas off the coast extending from Beruwala to Hambantota via Galle may experience swell of waves from 2.5 to 3 metres in height.

In another development, Engineer S.P.C. Sugeeshwara, the director of Hydrology at the Disaster Management Centre in an advisory has cited that according to the Dunamale station, water levels in the Attanagalu Oya as well as the Kuda Ganga are gradually rising.

The Disaster Management Centre issuing a situation report cites that 11,389 people have been affected due to the inclement weather and most of them have been forced to leave their homes temporarily due to high winds.

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