Depression moving away – Met Dept Fishers cautioned for ignoring weather warnings

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By 2017-12-07

BY Kavindya Chris Thomas

The Meteorology Department predicts that the adverse atmospheric conditions that originated in the South-west Bay of Bengal are moving away from the country, thus lessening its effects on Sri Lanka.

Director General of the Department, Sarath Premalal, speaking at a press briefing yesterday (6), stated that the depression was around 850 kilometres to the north east of Trincomalee. The result being the littoral areas of North and East faced heavy winds and slight showers. Therefore, with conditions moving away from the island and transitioning towards North India, Premalal claims that the effects on Sri Lanka will be further reduced from tomorrow.

He however said that there is a possibility of the conditions transforming into a deep depression in a short period of time, in case which the Met Department will be on alert. He added that there is only a very low probability of that happening and further transforming into cyclonic conditions, due to the cold temperate in the North Indian region.

Meanwhile, the Department noted that showers or thundershowers will occur in few places in the Western, Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern Provinces and in the Ampara Districts after 2.00p.m. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning.

The warning given to all fishermen along the North and East coastlines will continue until further notice, they emphasized. It was further reported that around 25 local fishermen who went to sea, disregarding the weather warning, were arrested last Tuesday (5) by the Navy, in Mannar. They were severely warned and released.

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