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Heavy rains expected in Galle, Matara and Kalutara districts

ECONOMYNEXT- Department of Meteorology states that heavy rainfall above 100 mm is likely to be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle, Matara and Kalutara districts while wind speed can increase up to (50-60) Kmph at times in several parts of the island.

Accordingly, wind speeds can increase up to (50-60) Kmph in Northern, North-central, North-western and Western provinces and in Hambantota, Trincomalee and Matale districts and along the western slopes of the central hills.

The department states that the windy conditions over the island and the showery condition over the south-western parts of the island is expected to enhance to some extent during the day.

Coastal inundation is likely along the coast extending from Beruwala to Hambantota via Galle due to the effect of swell waves. People who are living in coastal areas are requested to be vigilant in this regard.

Winds will be South-westerly in the sea areas around the island. Wind speed will be (40-50) Kmph, however, wind speed can increase up to (60-70) Kmph in the sea area off the coast extending from Kankasanturai to Hambantota via Mannar, Colombo and Galle.

Also, the sea areas extending from Kankasanturai to Hambantota via Mannar, Colombo and Galle can be very rough at times. The other sea areas around the island can be rough at times. There is a possibility that nearshore sea areas off the coast extending from Beruwala to Hambantota via Galle, may experience surges due to the effect of swell waves, having 2.0 – 2.5m height (this is not the height of nearshore waves).

Naval and fishing communities and those who are living in coastal areas are requested to be vigilant in this regard. (Colombo/Aug6/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe