Met Office predicts heavy rain

Maldives Meteorological Service (Met Office) has stated that heavy rainfall is expected across Maldives in the upcoming days.

Speaking to AVAS, an official from Met Office said heavy rainfall will be experienced all over Maldives on Thursday, although it is predicted that the weather will clear up on Friday. However, the rain is expected to resume for another couple of days from Saturday onward, said the official.

Met Office has released a yellow alert for torrential rain and thunderstorms with gusts of 45mph for areas between Shaviyani atoll and Lhaviyani atoll until 1630 hrs. A white alert has been issued to areas from Haa Alif atoll to Dhaalu atoll until 1630 hrs as well. The meteorology office warned travelers to stay cautious.

The official said the current rainfall being experienced in Maldives is due to a low pressure tough formed near the archipelago.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours show torrential rain and thunderstorms, and heavy gusts of wind all over the Maldives. Seas are expected to be rough, especially the northern and southern seas.

Capital Male' experienced heavy rain since Wednesday night, causing roads to become flooded. Strong winds caused many incidents, including the uprooting of trees and fallen billboards.

While no injuries were reported in the incidents, police said they are working with relevant authorities to clear the roads following the events. The police are also working on receding flood waters in the capital.

Project Drector of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Hisaan Hassan said no reports of flood water entering households have been received from any islands, including Male'. NDMA also cautioned travelers to ensure their safety during travels.