A low-pressure area is very likely to form over North Andaman Sea and adjoining the east central Bay of Bengal around May 22 (today). It is likely to intensify into a depression around Sunday (May 23), the Meteorology Department said.
The system is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24 moving northwestwards reaching the west Bengal coasts around May 26.
Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the East Central Bay of Bengal and adjoining area (12N-20N, 85E-100E) until further notice.
The sea area extending from Kankesanturai to Chilaw via Mannar and the sea area extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota can be rough at times. The other sea areas can be fairly rough.
Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.
Meanwhile, the showery condition over the South-Western part (Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern Provinces) of the island and the windy conditions over the island are likely to enhance during the next few days.
Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-Western and Southern Provinces.
Heavy rain falls of about 100 mm can be expected at some places in the Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces and in the Galle, Matara, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya and Puttalam Districts.
Several spells of showers will occur in Northern and North-Central Provinces. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in the Eastern and Uva Provinces during the evening or night.
Wind speeds can increase up to (50-55) kmph at times in the Western slope of the Central hills, Northern, North-Central and North-Western Provinces and in the Hambantota District.