White Alert issued: Heavy rain, rough seas in the forecast

A passenger ferry makes its way in bad weather. (File Photo/Sun)

Maldives Meteorological Service has issued White Alert from H. A. Atoll to L. Atoll, forecasting heavy rain and rough seas for the region.

The Met Office has issued the White Alert from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm this Saturday.

It says it forecasts heavy rain with gusty winds of 45 miles per hour and rough seas for the region.

The Met Office forecasts scattered rain with isolated heavy showers and thunderstorms over the country in general.

It says surface will vary east/southeasterly at 5 - 13 miles per hour in southern atolls and west/northwesterly at 15 – 25 miles per hour elsewhere.

Seas are expected to be generally rough in central and northern atolls, and slight becoming moderate in the southern atolls.

Met Office has advised sea travelers to be cautious, especially in the northern and central atolls.