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Intertropical convergence zone influencing island’s weather: Meteorology Dept

By: Isuru Parakrama

April 29, Colombo (LNW): The Intertropical Convergence Zone (where winds from the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere converge) is affecting the island’s weather, the Department of Meteorology said.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the most provinces of the island after 01.00 p.m., with heavy showers above 100 mm being expected to occur at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and North-western provinces, the Department said in its daily weather forecast today (29).

Showers or thundershowers may occur at several places in the coastal areas of Eastern and Southern provinces and in Mullaitivu district during the morning as well.

Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the morning.

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

Marine Weather:

Condition of Rain:
Showers or thundershowers may occur at several places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kankasanthurai to Galle via Batticaloa. Showers or thundershowers can occur at several places in the other sea areas around the island in the evening or night.
Winds:
Winds will be south-easterly or variable in the sea areas around the island. Wind speed will be (20-25) kmph.
State of Sea:
Increase of swell waves (about 2.0 – 2.5 m) can be expected in the sea areas off the coast extending from Balapitiya to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota. These sea areas can be fairly rough at times. The other sea areas around the island will be slight. Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

Meanwhile, heat index, the temperature felt on human body is expected to increase up to ‘Caution level’ at some places in Northern, North-central, Sabaragamuwa, Eastern and North-Western provinces and in Monaragala and Hambantota districts.

The public, therefore, is urged to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible, check up on the elderly and the sick, never leave children unattended, limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated, and wear lightweight and white or light-coloured clothing.

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