Sri Lanka weather updates via MET. Sri Lanka Monsoon, Floods, Cyclone and Weather Updates and Alerts.
- Cyclone Amphan moving away from Sri Lanka
- Expect heavy rains some places
- Expect strong winds
- Water level of rivers rising
- Minor Flood reports several areas
- Landslides warning issued
- People living in hilly areas (particularly landslide prone areas) are requested to be vigilant.
- Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the shallow and deep sea areas around the Island until further notice
- Over 2600 people affected & 4 deaths reports
- 9 houses fully damaged and 473 partially damaged
Prevailing showery condition in the South-western part of the country (particularly in Southern,
Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces) is expected to continue further. Very heavy
falls above 150 mm will occur at some places in Nuwara-Eliya, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kaluthara,
Galle and Matara districts during next 24 hours.
The Super Cyclonic Storm ”AMPHAN” (pronounced as UM-PUN) over west-central Bay of Bengal and neighborhood, lay centered near latitude 14.9°N and longitude 86.5°E, about 900 km North-east of Trincomalee at 11.30 p.m. yesterday (18th May). It is very likely to move north-northeastwards towards west Bengal coast during the afternoon of 20th May.
Due to the influence of the system, the prevailing showery condition over the island particularly in the south-western part is likely to continue further. Heavy showers above 100 mm are likely at some places. Wind speed can increase up to (50-60) kmph at times over the island. Cloudy skies can be expected over the island.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces with isolated heavy showers above 100 mm in Nuwara-Eliya, Kandy, Matale, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle and Matara districts.
Several spells of Showers will occur in North and North-central provinces.
General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity during thundershowers.
Landfall possible from Odisha to Bangladesh next week. No direct impact to Sri Lanka.
Due to the influence of the system the prevailing showery condition over the island particularly in the south-western part is likely to continue further. Very heavy showers above 150mm are likely at some places. Wind speed can be increase up to (40-50) kmph at times over the island.
Showers or thundershowers will occur in Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces with isolated very heavy showers exceeding 150mm.
Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere particularly in Uva and Eastern provinces in the evening or night
Sri Lanka: Floods from Southwest Monsoon
Anticipated crisis impact
Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC) states that the current weather pattern in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Batticoloa via Colombo, Galle and Hambanthota, is currently making heavy showers/thunderstorms and sudden increase of wind speed (up to 70-80 km/h) in the shallow and deep see areas likely. Warnings to the population, especially to naval and fishing communities have been issued.
The Southwest Monsoon is expected to arrive over Sri Lanka in mid to late May 2020. Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Galle, Matara, Ratnapura and Kegalle districts are at very high risk of monsoon impact.
According to the National Department of Meteorology, an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 families may be displaced, based on analysis of previous floods and landslides.
Additionally, Colombo and Kalutara districts are identified as high-risk areas for COVID-19 outbreak, while Gampaha and Puttalam are at moderate risk. Special guidelines at central and district level have been issued for response and relief management, planning for early evacuations to pre-identified safe centres, camp management, and food supply. A separate quarantine centre will be established in each district exposed to the southwest monsoon.