More thundershowers, winds expected

The public should be vigilant since there is a probability of the prevailing depression condition in the Bay of Bengal developing in to a deep depression within the next 24 hours, Meteorology Department Director General Sarath Premalal said.

“When considering the atmospheric conditions, the deep depression may not develop into a cyclonic storm and therefore people need not worry about it. However, the fishing community should be vigilant as it is rather difficult to forecast cyclonic conditions,” he added.

Premalal was addressing the media at the Disaster Management Ministry Auditorium yesterday. He added that the depression is currently located around 300 kms away from the Eastern coastal area of the country. It is gradually moving away from the country. However, the sea area may be rough and may experience strong winds.

“The wind speed at sea may be around 90 to 100 km per hour and fishermen are requested to refrain from going out to sea. Similarly, there may be a strong winds in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces of the country,” he said.

He added that wind speeds may increase to extreme windy conditions within the next 24 hours.

“Considering the climatic and weather situations of the area, there is a threat of bad weather condition which will persistence until today. Weather condition may be normal by tomorrow,” Premalal said.

He forecast thundershowers at a few places including in the Northern, North-Central, Eastern,Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern Provinces and the Ampara District.

Strong winds can occur during thunder showers. Afternoon showers or thundershowers are expected at several places today. 

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