The Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) has issued an orange alert after having predicted extremely rough seas.
MMS issued the orange alert from Baa atoll to southernmost Addu City on Saturday night.
The advisory is effective from 10:30pm Saturday to 2:30am Sunday.
During the alert period, average winds of 34 – 40 miles per hour with gusts of 60 miles per hour are expected, along with “very rough seas”.
The alert comes among a number of alerts both white and yellow, being issued throughout the country as the island nation continues to experience strong monsoon activities, wreaking havoc in their wake, across the country. MMS has also warned of possible swell waves during high tide times, across a vast region.
The alert orange confirms the possibility of an Indian-Ocean-wide Tsunami of high impact to the Maldives.
MMS issued an orange alert for the first time in the Maldives, on May 15 and it was followed by a second one in two weeks.
The general forecast predicts the country to experience fairly widespread rain showers with isolated heavy showers and thunderstorms over the island nation.
Further, MET predicted surface winds to vary from southwest to westerly at 13 – 23 miles per hour over the country.
Winds are expected to increase 45 miles per hour during showers.
Seas are predicted to be choppy during showers throughout the country and the department also urges caution against the adverse weather conditions.