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Depression to gradually weaken: Met Dept

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The depression lay centred at latitude 11.4N and longitude 84.6E about 540 km northeast of Jaffna over southwest Bay of Bengal, will gradually weaken and move northwestward and it is very likely to move towards Tamilnadu-Puducherry coasts during next 24 hours, said the Department of Meteorology in a statement today (21).

Strong winds about (40-50) kmph can be expected at times over the Northern, North-Central and Eastern provinces.

A few showers will occur in Western and Southern coastal areas and in Northern province.

Mainly fair weather will prevail elsewhere over the country.

Marine Weather:

The depression lay centered at latitude 11.4N and longitude 84.6E about 540 km northeast of Jaffna over southwest Bay of Bengal, will gradually weaken and move northwestward. It is very likely to move towards Tamilnadu-Puducherry coasts during next 24 hours. Therefore, Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending fromKankasanturai to Trincomalee via Mullaitivuand Southwest Bay of Bengal sea area for next 24 hours.Condition of Rain:Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Hambantota via Galle and Matara.Winds:Winds will be north-westerly and speed will be (25-35) kmph. Wind speed may increase up to (50-60) kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kankasanturai to Trincomalee via Mullaitivu. Wind speed may increase up to 50 kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Hambantota via Galle and Matara.State of Sea:The sea areas off the coast extending from Kankasanturai to Trincomalee via Mullaitivu will be rough at times. The sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Hambantota via Galle and Matara will be fairly rough at times. There is a possibility that near shore sea areas off the coast extending fromKankasanturai to Trincomalee via Mullaitivu may experience surges due to the effect of swell waves, having (2.0-3.0) m height.

MIAP

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