Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, North-Central and North-Western provinces and in Mullaitivu and Vauniya districts. Heavy showers above 100 mm may occur at some places in these areas. Fairly heavy showers above 50 mm may occur at some places elsewhere too. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
Increase in Thunder and Lightning activities (Bakmaha Akunu) during April month. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.
Lightning safety tips.
- Seek shelter (indoors)
- Avoid using wired telephones
- Avoid open areas
- Avoid using open vehicles
- Do not swim
The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
1. Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
2. Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.
3. Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.
4. Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.
5. Beware of fallen trees and power lines.
6. For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.
Lightning is one of the oldest observed natural phenomena on earth. An average of 40 people dies every year due to lightning strikes in Sri Lanka. Persons who engage in outdoor activities such as farmers, heavy machinery operators and players are more vulnerable for lightning strikes.