The Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) has predicted heavy rainfall and thunderstorms across the entire country for the weekend.
This was revealed by the department on Thursday.
As such, MMS revealed that the weather is expected to be adverse across the country throughout the weekend.
The department has predicted heavy rain showers across the Maldives at a time the country is experiencing a heat wave.
On Wednesday, some parts of the island nation experienced a feels-like air temperature of 43 degrees Celsius. This rose to 45 degrees Celsius across some parts on Thursday.
MMS has stated that despite the escalating temperature, the country is facing wet days ahead.
Winds are expected to be at 5 – 15 miles per hour from northwest to northerly in the next few hours, with gusts of 35 miles per hour expected.
The department went on to reveal that seas will be moderate across the country throughout the weekend.
The meteorological department has been issuing a number of white and yellow alerts across the Maldives during the monsoon season in light of the worsening weather conditions. As such, a white alert was issued from Haa Alif atoll to Gaaf Dhaal atoll in the early hours of Friday, after predicting “significant” thunderstorms across the region.
Further, a white alert was also issued from Fuvahmulah City to Addu City in the south of Maldives early Friday, after heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected across the region.
Maldives experiences heavy rain showers and adverse weather conditions during the southwest monsoon as well as the northeast monsoon every year. Extensive periods of strong winds and adverse weather conditions are usually experienced mostly during the southwest monsoon.
Such adverse weather conditions have caused trees to uproot, roofs to be torn off, and heavy debris falling onto houses, causing immense damage. The squally weather during monsoon also causes extensive damage to crop 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.