ECONOMYNEXT – Heavy rainfall up to 100mm can be expected in several parts of Sri Lanka’s Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Uva and Southern provinces this afternoon or at night, the meteorology department said.
Thundershowers and gusty winds are also expected.
Rainfall across the country has gradually increased over the past few days, after a spell of intense heat. The Met Department had issued a heat advisory over several days.
The department also forecast today that sea areas extending from Galle to Potuvil via Hambantota and from Puttalam to Kankasanturai via Mannar can be rough at times. Other sea areas can be fairly rough at times, it said.
Winds will be south-westerly in the sea s around the island at a speed of 25-35kmph. The speed can increase up to 50kmph in the sea area extending from Galle to Potuvil via Hambantota and from Puttalam to Kankasanturai via Mannar, the department said.
Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.
Rainfall amount (mm) is measured according to the following range: Light 00-12.50,
Light to moderate: 12.50-25
Fairly Heavy rain: 50 -100
Heavy rain: 100 – 150
Very heavy rain: 150 or more (Colombo/Apr23/2021)