Yellow alert issued for Southern Maldives

Addu Link Road on a rainy day | Photo: adduLIVE

Male’, Maldives – Maldives Meteorological Center (MET) has issued a yellow alert warning for the atolls in the southern region of Maldives, forecasing heavy rain and harsh weather.

As per the forecasted reports, islands south of Laamu atoll, until Addu City are likely to experience heavy rain, thundering and strong winds up to 45 miles per hours, as well as rough seas. Other parts of the country are generally expected to have calmer seas throughout the duration of the alert, which is until 14:30.

All sea travelers are advised to take all necessary safety and precautionary measures, and to contact Maldives Coastguard at 191 immediately, in case of any incidents.

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.