Met Dept predicts heavy rains, rules out cyclone
COLOMBO: Heavy rains are expected during the next 24 hours, specially
in the North, East and North Central Provinces, due to an atmospheric
disturbance, in the Bay of Bengal.
However contrary to some earlier reports, Met Department Chief G.H.P.
Dharmarathne ruled out the possibility of an impending cyclone affecting
Sri Lanka. But strong winds are expected along with thunder showers in
most parts of the country during the evening and night. Dharmarathne
Meteorology Department officials were keeping a close eye with regard
to any new developments and any such threat of a cyclone would be
announced to the public immediately.
"The low level disturbance is expected to enhance monsoonal
conditions which would result in heavy rains, especially in the North
and East. Fairly heavy rain falls are also likely in some places," he
According to Dharmarathne, October to December is the most active
period in the Bay of Bengal which would result in more frequent
disturbed weather conditions affecting Sri Lanka.
Due to this heightened activity in the Bay of Bengal during the
period, the frequency of such conditions affecting Sri Lanka would be
enhanced with more showers and heavy winds being predicted during the