According to the Department of Meteorology, last night, the depression over South West Bay of Bengal was centred around 8.4°N latitude and 82.9°E longitude, about 180 km east of Trincomalee.
It is expected to reach the east coast of Sri Lanka on the morning of February 01, 2023 (today), gradually moving towards the west and moving towards the southwest, said the department.
The Department of Meteorology says that the sky is heavy with clouds in most parts of the island and rain or thundershowers may occur from time to time and some places in the North, North-Central, North-West and Eastern Provinces may experience very heavy rains of about 150 mm.
It is stated that strong winds of 50 to 60 kilometres per hour can be expected from time to time in the North, North-Central, Eastern, North-West and Central provinces, while in the rest of the island, strong winds of 40 to 50 kilometres per hour can also be expected.
The Department of Meteorology urges individuals to take the required precautions to reduce the risks brought on by storm-related lightning and transient high winds.