K. Male'
02 Feb 2024 | Fri 16:08
Flooding in the capital city
Flooding in the capital city
Weather predicted for the weekend
Scattered showers expected over some parts on Saturday
The weather is fine across the country on Friday
Scattered showers will prevail across central atolls on Saturday
Some atolls in southern and northern atolls will experience showers

Scattered showers have been predicted to prevail across some parts of the country on Saturday.

The Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) revealed that the weather is generally fine across the country on Friday.

However, scattered showers will prevail across islands in central Maldives on Saturday.

Further, some islands in northern and southern atolls will experience scattered showers on Saturday.

The department went on to reveal that winds will be north to northeasterly at 5 – 15 miles per hour.

MMS revealed that seas will be slight across the country with a wave height of 2 – 4 feet.

On January 31, capital Malé city experienced torrential rain, which caused calf-deep flooding in streets.

Due to the heavy rainfall, some islands experienced flooding over the past 24 hours as well.

Goidhoo island in Baa atoll experienced the heaviest rainfall from 8am January 31 to 8am on February 1.

As such, the island experienced 58.4 millimeters of rainfall.

Malé city experienced 32.3 millimeters of rainfall in the period, Hulhumalé experienced 30.8 millimeters of rainfall and Hulhulé experienced 30.2 millimeters of rainfall.

Dhiffushi island of Kaafu atoll experienced 21.4 millimeters of rainfall in and Funadhoo island of Shaviyani atoll experienced 13.8 millimeters of rainfall as well.

10.8 millimeters of rainfall was accumulated in Gaafaru island of Kaafu atoll and 2.4 millimeters of rainfall was accumulated in Komandoo island of Shaviyani atoll.

MMS revealed that Thoddoo island of Alif Alif atoll experienced one millimeter of rain and Maamigili island of Alif Dhaal atoll experienced 0.5 millimeter of rainfall.

Although tides were recorded as high as 2.7 feet in the early hours of Friday, they dropped as low as 0.4 in the morning and rose to two feet by afternoon in the northern atolls.

It will drop as low as 1.4 by sundown and rise to 2.6 feet in the early hours of Saturday, before dropping to 0.3 by morning and rising further to two feet by afternoon and rising further to 1.8 by nightfall.

Central atolls experienced tides rising as high as 2.2 feet in the early hours of Friday, dropping to 0.1 by morning and ascending to 1.7 by afternoon, and is expected to drop to one after nightfall. Tides will rise to two feet in the early hours of Saturday and drop to 0.1 by Saturday morning, before rising to 1.6 by Saturday afternoon.

The department revealed that southern atolls will experience tides dropping from 2.3 to 0.1 by the end of Friday and ascending to two feet by Saturday morning before rising further to 1.7 feet after nightfall.

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.

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.

Last updated at: 2 months ago
Reviewed by: Fathimath Zuhaira