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Department of Meteorology Issues Warning of Severe Weather Conditions

The Department of Meteorology has issued a warning to the public about severe weather conditions in several areas of Sri Lanka. According to the department, parts of Eastern, Central, and Uva provinces and Mullaitivu and Polonnaruwa districts may experience showers or thundershowers, particularly in the afternoon or at night.

In addition, Western, Sabaragamuwa, and Southern provinces, as well as Jaffna and Puttalam districts, are expected to see several spells of showers. Strong winds of about 40-50 kmph can also be expected at times over western and southern coastal areas.

The public is urged to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers. The department has also issued a warning to fishing and naval communities to be attentive to future forecasts, as a low-level atmospheric disturbance is likely to develop over the southeast Bay of Bengal area from May 06 onwards.

In sea areas around the island, showers or thundershowers are expected to occur at several places, with south-westerly winds of (25-35) kmph. The wind speed may increase up to 40-50 kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Beruwala to Hambantota via Galle and Matara. The sea areas off the coast extending from Beruwala to Hambantota via Galle and Matara will be fairly rough at times, while the other sea areas around the island will be slight to moderate.

The department has warned that temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers. The public is advised to stay updated on the weather conditions and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and minimize damage to property.

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