A chilly X’mas predicted

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The current chilly weather which has hit most parts of the country, including Colombo would continue till the end of January, the Meteorology Department predicted yesterday.

Duty Meteorologist K. D. Sujeewa yesterday told The Island that the North Easterly wind had caused the current chilly weather countrywide but it would change slightly during the next two days as more easterly wind was on the way.

Sujeewa said that the possibility for rain in the Eastern parts of the country was increasing as more easterly wind had been predicted for the next two days. "There will be showers at times in the eastern parts of the country and isolated thundershowers will develop in the Sabaragmuwa, Southern and Western provinces during the afternoon and night," the meteorologist said.

Most parts of the country recorded temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius with Nuwara Eliya recording 11 degrees and Badulla 18 degrees last week.

Sujeews said that the cold weather in the mornings was due to the wind from the Himalays.

As a result, the moisture in the air increased and frost could also be expected in some areas, particularly during the morning hours, he said.

"The lowest temperature of 17.6 Celsius was reported from Nuwara Eliya yesterday and the temperature in Colombo was 30.4 Celsius and in Galle it was 28.4," Sujeewa said, adding that people should not panic due to the chilly weather as it changed every moment.

According to the Met Department, there would be showers at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Hambantota via Pottuvil. Winds would be North-Easterly and speed would be 30-40 kmph.

The sea areas off the coast from Batticaloa to Hambantota via Pottuvil and the sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Mannar via Puttalam may be rough at times as the wind can be strengthening up to 50-60kmph at times but the other sea area around the country will not be rough.

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