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WEATHER FORECAST FOR 24 FEBRUARY 2020

Issued at 12.00 noon on 23 FEBRUARY 2020

 

Several spells of showers will occur in Eastern, Central and Uva provinces and in Hambanthota, Mullaitivu and Polonnaruwa districts.

Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in the Sabaragamuwa province and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 pm.

Wind speed can increase up to 40 kmph at times in Central, North-Western, Uva, Eastern and Southern provinces.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

 

WEATHER FORECAST FOR SEA AREAS AROUND THE ISLAND DURING NEXT 24 HOURS

Issued at 12.00 noon on 23 February 2020

 

Condition of Rain:

Several spells of showers will occur in the sea areas extending from Mullaitivu to Hambanthota via Trincomalee and Batticaloa.

Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in the sea area extending from Colombo to Matara via Galle during the afternoon or night.

Winds:

Winds will be North-easterly and speed will be (30-40) kmph in the sea areas around the island. Wind speed can increase up to (50-60) kmph at times in the sea areas extending from Mannar to Kaluthara via Puttalam and Colombo and in the sea areas extending from Galle to Potuvil via Hambanthota.

State of Sea:

The sea areas extending from Mannar to Kaluthara via Puttalam and Colombo and in the sea areas extending from Galle to Potuvil via Hambanthota can be rough at times.

GENERAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR NEXT 36 HOURS

Issued at 04.00 p.m. on 23 February 2020

Several spells of showers will occur in Eastern, Central and Uva provinces and in Hambanthota, Mullaitivu and Polonnaruwa districts.

A few showers may occur in the Anuradhapura district.

Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in the Sabaragamuwa province and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m.

Wind speed can increase up to 40 kmph at times in Central, North-Western, Uva, Eastern and Southern provinces.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

   Weather Forecast for Main Cities                                                            Date : 24-Feb-2020
City Temperature (0C) Relative Humidity (%) Weather
Max Min Max Min
Anuradhapura 31 24 95 65 A few showers
Batticaloa 30 26 90 80 Several spells of showers
Colombo 36 26 80 55 Mainly fair
Galle 34 24 90 55 Showers or thundershowers are likely after 2.00p.m
Jaffna 31 25 90 70 Mainly fair
Kandy 30 22 90 70 Several spells of light showers
Nuwara-Eliya 18 13 95 85 Several spells of showers
Ratnapura 35 24 90 60 Showers or thundershowers are likely after 2.00p.m
Trincomalee 30 26 90 80 Several spells of showers
Mannar 33 26 90 65 Mainly fair

 

 

 

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Tsunami Simulation Exercise

A tsunami simulation exercise was conducted in Hambantota and Batticaloa on October 14 at 6.30 in the morning in order to provide an opportunity to Indian Ocean countries to exercise their operational lines of communications, review their tsunami warnings and emergency response procedures, and to promote emergency preparedness.

This exercise was organized by the Intergovernmental Coordination Group of Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System (ICG/IOTWS). This exercise was conducted in 15 countries in the Indian Ocean on the same day, to coincide with World Disaster Reduction Day.

In this event, the Department of Meteorology as the National Meteorological and Tsunami Early Warning Centre was issued the ‘Tsunami Watch’ and ‘Tsunami Warnings’ only to the Disaster Management Centre according to this exercise. The Disaster Management Centre was disseminated these messages to the selected communities through their early warning dissemination system.

The main purpose of Exercise tsunami incident 2009 was to test national standard operating procedures and the operational lines of communication between the National Tsunami Warning Centre and Japan Metrological Agency (JMA) and Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii, USA and improve coordination throughout the region.

Last Updated: 02 December 2014