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Tuesday September 21st, 2021
Weather and Climate

Sri Lanka Met Dept issues lightning warning

Lightning – Image credit: cLod/Flickr

ECONOMYNEXT – Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur in parts of Sri Lanka’s Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North Western and Uva provinces today, the Department of Meteorology said.

Thundershowers are also expected in Mannar, Anuradhapura, Galle and Matara districts over a nine-hour period starting 2pm today (06), the department said in a statement issued a short while ago.

Heavy rainfall above 100mm can be expected in parts of the Sabaragamuwa, Central, Western, Uva, North-western and Southern provinces. There may be temporary localised strong winds during thundershowers, the Met Department said.

The department requests the public take adequate precautions to minimise damage caused by lightning.

The statement further said showers or thundershowers will also occur in the sea areas around the island for a period of 24 hours starting 12 noon today.

Winds will be in a southerly to south-westerly direction in the sea areas extending from Kankasanturai to Galle via Mannar and Colombo and south-easterly in other sea areas, it said. Wind speeds will be 20-30 kmph.

The sea areas around the island can be moderate while temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers, the department said.  (Colombo/May06/2021)

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