ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department has forecast below normal rainfall in April, May and June over the island which is already suffering from power cuts owing to delays in building new plants and low water levels in hydro-electric reservoirs.
“Most of the global models predicted below normal rainfall for the AMJ (April-May-June) season,” it said in a report on the consensus seasonal rainfall outlook for these months.
The department said that its forecast models “predict that there is higher chance of receiving below normal rainfall for districts located along southwestern coast.”
Sri Lanka’s main southwest monsoon season runs from May to September.
The report said that weather patterns were complicated by the strengthening of the El Nino effect in March 2019.
The North Central, Eastern and Uva provinces are likely to get below normal rainfall during the AMJ season in 2019.
Below normal rainfall could affect cultivation of crops, drinking water supplies and hydro power generation.
(COLOMBO, April 09, 2019)