Depression over south-east Bay of Bengal to intensify into cyclonic storm

The Depression over the south-east Bay of Bengal lay centered 590 km east-southeast to Trincomalee at 2330hrs yesterday(30), stated the Department of Meteorology.

The system is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during next 06 hours and likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 12 hours. This system is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross eastern coast of Sri Lanka between Batticaloa and Mullaitivu around tomorrow (02) evening.

Showers or thundershowers at times will occur in the Eastern, Northern, Northern-central, and Uva provinces and in Hambanthota and Matale districts. Heavy rainfall above 100mm can be expected at some places.

Showers may occur at several places in North-western province.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places elsewhere after 2.00p.m.

Cloudy skies can be expected over the island.

Fairly strong gusty winds (30-40) kmph can be expected in Northern, North-Central, Eastern, North-Western and Western provinces.

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

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