MET warns of harsh weather

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

Male’, Maldives – Maldives Meteorological Services (MET) has forecasted harsh weather with heavy rain and thundering for various parts of the country.

According to the forecast, generally the entire country, especially various parts of the country are likely to experience heavy rain and thundering. Winds are generally expected from East and South East between 3-13 miles per hour, which can go up as high as 35 miles at times. However, the south is likely to observe stronger winds that the rest of the country, at 8-18 miles per hour, with breezes blowing from South West and West.

The southern region of the country is also likely to experience rough seas, while the rest of the country may experience generally calm waters. However, all safety and precautionary measures are advised at all times while traveling at sea and to contact Coast Guard services at 191 in case of any emergency.

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 Viha Nakaiy during which seas are expected to be calm and fishing is projected to be good.

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.