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Variable weather forecast for Western and Southern Sri Lanka: Caution advised for coastal activities (May 05)

By: Isuru Parakrama

May 05. Colombo (LNW): Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts in the evening or night, and misty conditions can be expected at some places in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces during the morning, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather forecast today (05).

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

Marine Weather:

The swell waves (about 2.5 m – 3.0 m) height and wave period (about 16s-18s) may increase in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kalpitiya to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle, and Hambantota.

Therefore, there is a possibility that near shore sea areas off the coast extending from Kalpitiya to Matara via Colombo and Galle, may experience surges due to swell waves.
Condition of Rain:
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Matara via Galle in the evening or night.
Winds:
Winds will be southwesterly or variable and wind speed will be (20-30)kmph. Wind speed may increase up to (40-45) kmph at times in the sea areas off the coasts extending from Puttalam toKankasanthurai via Mannarand from Batticaloa to Hambanthota via Pottuvil.
State of Sea:
The sea areas off the coasts extending from Puttalam to Kankasanthurai via Mannar and from Batticaloa to Hambanthota via Pottuvil can be fairly rough at times. Increase of swell waves(about2.5 – 3.0 m) can be expected in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kalpitiya to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota. These sea areas can be rough at times. Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

The naval and fishing communities who are engaged in fishing and naval activities in the above sea areas, therefore, are requested to be vigilant in this regard.

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