Apart from a few showers across the Northern, North-Central, Eastern and Uva Provinces most of the other parts of the country will have more sunshine and fewer clouds today, the Meteorology Department said yesterday.
The Duty Meteorologist said showers or thundershowers would occur elsewhere after 2.00 p.m.
The weather forecast issued at 4.00 p.m. yesterday said fairly heavy showers of more than 75mm are expected to occur in the Eastern, Northern and North-Central Provinces and fairly strong winds of up to 50kmph are also likely in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces and in Ampara and Batticaloa districts.
The Met Department said the adverse weather conditions and the impact of the recent low pressure area over the country is expected to lessen gradually while another low-pressure area which had developed over Andaman Island was expected to move towards India brushing past Sri Lanka by Tuesday.
The duty meteorologist told Daily Mirror that the low pressure area had reduced to an atmospheric disturbance by yesterday however the Met Department believes it would develop into a low pressure area again during the next few days.
He said according to the global forecasts, winds of up to70kmph were expected over the deep sea off the Eastern coast on Tuesday and that the Northern parts of the country could expect up to 80mm rain.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) report issued at 1300 hours (IST) said the well marked low pressure area over the northern Sumatra coast and the adjoining south Andaman Sea was over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea & equatorial Indian Ocean with associated cyclonic circulation extends up to 5.8 km above mean sea level.
“It is very likely to become a Depression over southeast Bay of Bengal and the neighborhood during next 24 hours and deep depression during the subsequently 48 hours. It is very likely to move towards north Tamil Nadu south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 34 days,” it said.
Meanwhile, the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) had extended the landslide warnings issued to six districts concerning the prevailing inclement weather conditions.
It advised people living in hilly areas in Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Ratnapura and Badulla district to be vigilant if the rains continued.(Thilanka Kanakarathna)