Heavy rain showers are expected across several regions in the Maldives over the weekend.
Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) revealed that scattered showers in northern atolls, heavy showers in central atolls and scattered showers in some islands of southern atolls were expected on Friday.
On Saturday, MMS predicts heavy rain showers to prevail across central atolls, with showers expected across some islands in the north and light showers expected in some atolls in the south.
MMS went on to reveal that scattered rain with a few heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected in central and northern atolls with a few showers likely in the south through 6am, Saturday.
Further, winds will be from west to northwesterly at 13 – 23 miles per hour in southern and central atolls and 3 – 13 miles per hour in northern atolls and winds may gust up to 40 miles per hour during showers.
The department revealed that seas will be rough in the central and southern atolls and slight becoming moderate during showers in the north, with a wave height of 2 – 4 feet in the north and 4 – 7 feet in central and southern atolls.
All are advised to be cautious in light of the weather conditions.
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 and yellow alerts across the Maldives this monsoon season in light of the worsening weather conditions.
Such adverse weather conditions have been causing immense damage in many islands. 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.