Warning of heavy rain

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Issuing a special warning on heavy rain are likely to occur at most parts of the island, stated the Department of Meteorology.

The prevailing heavy showery condition is likely to continue further over the Northern, Eastern and North-Central provinces today and it will reduced temporary to some extent gradually from 25 December.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Northern, Eastern, North-central and Uva provinces and in Matale and Hambanthota districts. Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere particularly after 2.00 p.m.

Very heavy falls about 100-150 mm are likely at some places in Northern province and in Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee districts. Heavy falls about 75-100 mm are likely at some places in Central province and in Ampara, Batticaloa and Anuradhapura districts. Fairly heavy falls about 75 mm are likely at some places in Sabaragamuwa province. Fairly heavy falls about 50 mm are likely at some places Western province and in Galle and Matara districts.

Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces during the morning.

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees, avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms, avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms, avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc , Drivers and people using roads in the hilly areas are requested to be vigilant, take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity. Beware of fallen trees and power lines, beware of fallen trees and power lines and for emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.

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