With several white alerts being issued over the past few hours alone,Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) has revealed that rain showers are expected across several regions in the Maldives over the weekend.
As such, the department revealed that rain showers are expected in some atolls in the north of Maldives on Friday.
Further, some central atolls are expected to experience scattered rain with thunderstorms and rain showers expected to prevail in the south.
MMS revealed that the weather will be generally fine throughout some parts of the north on Saturday, however, some central atolls will experience scattered showers.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to prevail in southern atolls on Saturday as well.
Scattered showers are in the forecast with few thunderstorms across the entire country by sundown on Friday, with showers expected to be heavy at times, particularly in the south.
MMS also revealed that winds will be light and variable becoming 3 – 13 miles per hour in the north and 8 – 18 miles per hour elsewhere. Winds are also likely to gust up to 40 miles per hour during showers.
According to the department, seas will be slight, becoming moderate during showers in northern atolls and moderate becoming rough during showers elsewhere at a wave height of 2 – 5 feet.
MMS also revealed that rough seas are expected across some regions, and seafarers have been urged to remain alert in the event of worsening weather condition.
Maldives experiences heavy rain showers and adverse weather conditions during the southwest monsoon as well as the northeast monsoon.
Extensive periods of strong winds and adverse weather conditions are usually experienced mostly during the southwest monsoon.
The meteorological department has been issuing a number of white alerts across the Maldives this monsoon season in light of the worsening weather conditions.
As such, a white alert was issued from Kaafu atoll to Addu City after predicting heavy rain and thunderstorms with gusts of 40 miles per hour, on Friday morning.
Another white alert was issued after predicting swell wave surges from Thaa atoll to Addu City in the afternoon.
MMS revealed that heavy rain and thunderstorms with strong winds and rough seas have triggered a white alert from Vaavu atoll to Addu City, effective through 8pm, Friday.
Such adverse weather conditions have been causing trees to uproot, roofs to tear off homes and trees as well as debris falling onto houses over the years. The squally weather during monsoon also causes damage to crops in some islands and presents challenges for seafarers and fishermen as well. Some islands have been experiencing swell waves surges during high tides as well.