Dec 06, Colombo: The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka says the low pressure area in the central Bay of Bengal is intensifying to a depression and moving away from the island resulting in high winds in Northern and Eastern sea areas.
Issuing the weather forecast for today, the Meteorology Department said the low pressure area, located around 800 kilometer away from Sri Lanka in the Bay of Bengal is likely to further intensify in to a depression during next 12 hours and move north-westward away from Sri Lanka.
The Met Dept requested the naval and fishing communities to be vigilant as the wind speed can be increased in Northern and Eastern sea areas.
The sea areas 200km off the north-eastern, eastern and south-eastern coasts can be very rough as the wind speed will increase up to 90-100 kmph. Very heavy showers will occur above sea areas too.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Pottuvil to Kankasanthurai via Trincomalee.
The sea area off the coast extending from Pottuvil to Kankasanthurai via Trincomalee and Colombo to Matara via Galle can be temporary rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to 60 kmph.
Winds will be north-easterly to Northerly in direction in the sea area around the island and wind speed will be 30-40 kmph.
Several spells of showers will occur at Northern, North-Central and Eastern provinces while showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Sabaragamuwa, Central and Uva provinces and in Hambanthota district after 2.00 p.m.
Fairly strong gusty winds (up to 50kmph) can be expected in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle, Matara, Ampara, and Batticaloa districts.