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Heavy rainfall, strong winds in Sri Lanka till end July: Met Dept

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will experience heavy rainfalls and strong winds in coastal areas and south western parts of the country for the remainder of July due to a low level atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of the island.

The Department of Meteorology said yesterday that very heavy rainfalls above 150mm will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matar districts while rainfall above 100mm will occur in the Northern, North Central and North Western provinces and in the Trincomalee district.

“Wind speed can increase up to 60 to 70kmph at times in the Southern province and in the Polonnaruwa, and Matale districts and along the western slopes of the central hills.” the Met Department said in a statement.

The department requested the public and authorities to be vigilant about possible landslides in hill areas, water inundation in low lying areas and uprooting of large avenue trees.

Due to the active cloudiness in the sea area to the north-east of Sri Lanka, showers or thunder showers will occur at times in the deep and shallow sea areas extending from Trincomalee to Kankasanturai via Mutative.

With wind speed increasing up to 70 to 80kmph, the Met Department said heavy showers and thunder showers can occur in the deep sea area, and requested naval and fishing communities are to be vigilant in this regard.

The department further said due to the high possibility of increased wind speeds up to 60 to 70kmph in the sea area off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Chilaw, in Colombo, Galle and Hambantota, the sea areas will be rough.

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The Met Department advised fishermen not to venture out to sea during the period between 04.00pm on July 28  to 12 noon on July 30. (Colombo/Jul 28/2020)

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