A white alert has been issued over the regions between Haa Alif atoll and Laamu atoll.
The Maldives Meteorological Service (MET Office) issued the alert on Tuesday afternoon, after predicting strong winds of 19 – 24 miles per hour with gusts of 50 miles per hour and rough seas to prevail throughout the region.
The alert will remain in effect from 2pm to 7pm, Tuesday, said the department.
Earlier, MET urged caution against squally weather conditions over central and southern atolls of the Maldives where scattered rain showers and a few thunderstorms are expected from 10am to 10pm on Tuesday.
Further, isolated thunder showers are also expected in the north.
The department revealed that seas will be moderate becoming rough during showers throughout the country and urged seafarers to practice caution as swell wave surges are expected during high tides, in some regions. MET revealed that winds will be from west to northwesterly at 13 – 23 miles per hour and gust between 45 – 55 miles per hour during showers throughout the country.
Since the southwest monsoon began, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has been urging the public to be cautious of the weather as well, at a time the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) is also sweeping steadily across the entire nation. HPA has also urged caution against dengue and influenza.