White Alert issued for all Maldives

A road in Male' on a rainy day | Photo: Avas

Male’, Maldives – Maldives Meteorological Services (MET) has issued a white alert warning for the entire country, forecasting heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas.

The alert expected to take effect between 15:00 until 21:00 of Friday, with strong winds generally between 19 to 24 miles per hour. However, the MET warns that winds may watch on speed and go up to as high as 50 miles per hour at times.

During this time, heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas may be expected with some islands likely to experience wave surges during high tide. As rough seas are expected, who are traveling by sea are urged to take all necessary safety precautions during while out at sea and to contact Coast Guard services at 191 in case of any emergency.

MET previously issued a notice expecting bad weather on Monday, explaining that many stormy clouds are forming above the atolls of the country due to a low pressure trough being formed near the country.

Maldives is currently experiencing the rainy monsoon season of Hulhan’gu, also known as the South West Monsoon, which is expected to last until mid December. According to the traditional Nakaiy system, which is a weather calendar comprising of a series of thirteen or fourteen day intervals, each which used to be a predictable weather pattern, currently Maldives is going through the Hitha Nakaiy during which light winds and isolated showers may be expected.

While the  system has become less reliable over the years due to the increasing changed to the climate, the system is still used by the locals to predict weather.