Weather to behave

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Meteorology Department yesterday predicted that the prevailing showery conditions particularly in the eastern part of the country would decrease to some extent from today (14).

The Duty Meteorologist told The Island that the prevailing cloudy conditions would also decrease from tomorrow.

The low pressure area in the vicinity of Sri Lanka was now located to the south-west of the country and it was likely to move away towards the Arabian Sea, the Department said.

"Even though the low pressure area was moving away from the country, its impact will prevail today as well and by tomorrow it will gradually reduce," he said.

Met Department also predicated showers or thunder showers at times in the North-central, Eastern, Uva and Southern provinces after 2.00pm today.

Fairly heavy rain (about 75-100mm) could be expected at some places particularly in North-Western and Uva provinces and in the Mannar district, the department said.

There might be temporary localised strong winds during thundershowers.

Highlighting the weather condition in sea areas, the duty meteorologist said that under the influence of the system, the possibility of heavy showers or thundershowers and sudden roughness, associated with sudden increase of wind speed (up to 70-80 kmph) in the sea areas off the coast extending from Hambantota to Mannar via Galle and Colombo was still high.

"Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the other sea areas and winds will be South-easterly to Easterly in direction and wind speed will be 30-40kmph."

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