White alert for heavy rain in northern and central Maldives

A Coastguard ship travels rough seas. (Photo/MNDF)

Maldives Meteorological Service has issued white alert for northern and central Maldives, warning of heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds. 

The white alert is effective from 12:30 pm to 05:30 pm on Monday, for the area from HA. Atoll to Th. Atoll. 

Maldives Meteorological Service forecasts the area will be affected by heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong winds of 19-24 miles per hour, with gusts of 45 miles per hour. 

Seas are expected to be rough, with waves expected to reach heights of 5-8 feet, said the service. 

Seafarers have been advised to be cautious. 

Maldives is currently experiencing the effects of the Hulhangu Monsoon (South-West Monsoon).