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Today’s (Dec 04) weather: Cyclonic storm “MICHAUNG” expected to intensify further!

By: Isuru Parakrama

Colombo (LNW): The Cyclonic storm “MICHAUNG” over Southwest Bay of Bengal was located near latitude 12.8°N and longitude 81.6°E, at 2330hrs of 03 December and about 365 km northeast of Jaffna, and is expected to intensify further and move northwestward away from Sri Lanka towards North Tamil Nadu coast of India, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather forecast today (04).

The cyclonic storm, thereafter, would move northwards and cross South Andhra Pradesh coasts around December 05, 2023, the statement added.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Northern, Southern and North-western provinces. Fairly heavy showers above 75 mm are likely at some places.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere after 01.00 p.m.

The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by temporary localised strong winds and lightning during.

Marine Weather:

The Cyclonic storm “MICHAUNG” over Southwest Bay of Bengal was located near latitude 12.8°N and longitude 81.6°E, at 2330hrs of 03 December and about 365 km northeast of Jaffna. The system is expected to intensify further and move northwestward away from Sri Lanka towards North Tamil Nadu coast of India. Thereafter, it would move northwards and cross South Andhra Pradesh coasts around December 05, 2023. It is dangerous to engage in activities in the sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Trincomalee via Kankasanthurai. Therefore, Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the above sea areas until further notice. Naval and fishing communities are engaged in activities in the other sea areas around the island are request to be vigilant. Fishing and naval community are requested to be attentive to future forecasts issued by the Department of Meteorology in this regard.
Condition of Rain:
Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kankasanthurai to Hambantota via Mannar, Colombo and Galle. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the other sea areas around the island particularly during the evening or night.
Winds:
Winds will be South-westerly and wind speed will be (30-40) kmph in the sea areas around the island. Wind speed may increase up to (60-70) kmph in the sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Trincomalee via Kankasanthurai and up to (50-55) kmph in the other sea areas around the island.
State of Sea:
The sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Trincomalee via Kankasanthurai will be very rough at times. The other sea areas around the Island can be rough at times. Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

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