There would be unexpected exceptionally strong winds in the Northern, North central, North-western provinces and in the Trincomalee and Matale Districts, the Department of Meteorology said a while ago issuing a Red Notice.
The strong winds may go up to 70-80 kmp/h, . However, in other places wind speeds were likely to reach up to 55-65 kmp/h, it warned.
However, it said this phenomenon could be seen mainly in the afternoons.
Meanwhile, it said sea areas extending from Negombo to Batticaloa via Mannar, Kankesanthurai and Trincomalee would be very rough at times as wind speeds would increase up to 60-70 kmp/h at times.
“Sudden increase of wind speeds up to 80 kmp/h is also possible over the above sea areas particularly in the afternoon and night,” it said.
It requested naval and fishing communities to be vigilant in this regard.