(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka requested the fishermen and the naval personnel to refrain from their activities in the seas off the country’s southern and eastern coasts.
Meanwhile, the Navy has also advised the fishermen fishing in deep seas to return to the nearest fishing harbor due to inclement weather.
According to the weather forecast of the Meteorology Department issued at 5:30 am today (19 July 2019), showery and windy conditions are likely to continue in the North-western, Western, South-western and Southern sea areas of the island till morning 21st July 2019.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the sea area off the coast extending from Puttalam to Hambanthota via Colombo and Galle. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a several places in the other sea areas around the island in the evening or night.
Winds will be North-westerly to Westerly and speed will be 50 kmph in the sea areas around the island.
The sea area extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Puttalam, Colombo, Galle and Hambantota will be very rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to (80-90) kmph at times.
Fishermen are advised not to venture into those sea areas and naval communities are also requested to be vigilant till on morning 21st July 2019.
Meanwhile, prevailing windy conditions over the country and surrounding sea areas and showery condition over the island, particularly in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts are likely to continue today.
Very strong gusty winds up to (70-80) kmph are likely over the island, particularly in Western, Southern, Central, Sabaragamuwa, North-western and North-central provinces and in Trincomalee district, strong gusty winds up to (50-60) kmph can be expected elsewhere.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Western, Southern and North-Western provinces.
Heavy falls about (100-150) mm are likely at some places in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Kalutara, Galle and Matara districts, Fairly heavy falls above 75 mm can be expected at some places in North-Western province and in Colombo and Gampaha districts.