The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has urged the public to take “maximum caution" while at sea.
Maldives Meteorological Center (MET Office) predicts scattered showers and thunderstorms over the country, with heavy showers expected over southern and central atolls.
MET Office said that surface winds will be south-west to westerly at 13 to 23 miles per hour, and winds may gust 40 to 45 miles per hour during showers.
Highlighting this, MNDF appealed to the public to observe the changes to the weather, and inform those necessary, before traveling via sea.
“We strongly urge the public to take the maximum caution while at sea”
~ Defence Chief, Major General Abdulla Shamaal
MNDF also noted that it has received a number of sea incident reports.
As such, an expatriate worker was reported missing from a boat near Gulhifalhu island of Kaafu atoll after diving under to pull out an anchor. His body was found 21 meters under water.
MET Office has also warned sea travelers to “take necessary precautions against heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas.” It also noted that there is a possibility of high tide times in central and southern atolls.