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Northeast monsoon taking shape over Sri Lanka

12 Dec 2021

The northeast monsoon condition is gradually establishing over the island, announced the Department of Meteorology. Hence, the showery conditions in the Northern, North Central, Eastern, and Uva Provinces as well as the Hambantota District are expected to enhance to some extent. Showers will occur at times in the Eastern, Northern, North Central, and Uva Provinces and in the Hambantota and Matale Districts. Fairly heavy rainfall of about 50 mm can be expected at some places in these areas. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in the Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces and in the Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, and Matara Districts. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, and Uva Provinces. The public is thus requested to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by temporary localised strong winds and lightning during thundershowers. Additionally, showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the sea areas extending from Kankesanturai to Hambantota via Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Pottuvil. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in the other sea areas during the evening or night. Winds will be north-easterly and the wind speed will be 20-30 kmph in the sea areas around the island. Wind speed can increase up to 40-45 kmph at times in sea areas extending from Trincomalee to Puttalam via Kankesanturai and Mannar and in sea areas extending from Matara to Pottuvil via Hambantota. Sea areas extending from Trincomalee to Puttalam via Kankesanturai and Mannar and in sea areas extending from Matara to Pottuvil via Hambantota can be fairly rough at times. Other sea areas around the island will be slight. Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

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