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Heavy rain, strong winds expected across island due to pre-monsoonal conditions (May 19)

By: Isuru Parakrama

May 19, Colombo (LNW): Due to pre-monsoonal conditions over the country and surrounding sea areas, prevailing showery and windy conditions are expected to enhance further during the next few days, the Department of Meteorology said in its weather forecast today (19).

Heavy showers above 100mm are likely at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-western provinces and in Galle, Matara, Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya districts, the statement added.

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

Fairly strong winds about (30-40) kmph can be expected at times in Southern province.

The 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 will occur at times in the sea areas extending from Mannar to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle,heavy showersare likely at some places. Showers or thundershowers will occur atseveral places in the other sea areas around the island.
Winds:
Winds will be westerly to south-westerly in the sea areas extending from Kalpitiya to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota and wind speed will be (30-40) kmph. Wind speed may increase up to (60-70) kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Beruwala to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota.   Wind speed may increase up to (50-60) kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kalpitiya to Beruwala via Colombo. Winds will be south-westerly and wind speed will be (20-30) kmph in the other sea areas around the island.
State of Sea:
The sea areas extending from Beruwala to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota will be very rough at times and the sea areas extending fromKalpitiya to Beruwala via Colombo will be rough at times. Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

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