Met Office issues white alert across most of Maldives for stormy weather

A speedboat makes its way through rough seas. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Maldives Metrological Service (Met Office) has issued white alert across most parts of Maldives – warning of extreme weather.

Two separate while alerts were issued on Wednesday; one which effective from 8:30am to 2:00pm, for the area from Haa Alifu Atoll to Dhaalu Atoll.

Meanwhile, the second one is effective from 10:30am to 4:00pm, for the area from Laamu Atoll to Addu City.

Within these timeframes – Met Office forecasts that the respective areas will be affected by strong winds of 20 – 25 mph.

Seas are expected to be very rough, with waves expected to reach heights of 4 – 7 feet.

Met Office also warned of possible wave surges across the country during high tide.

Therewith, the weather forecasting body urged everyone, especially seafarers, to take caution over the weather.

Wave surges impacted many islands in the Maldives in early July – causing irrevocable losses. Approximately 350 homes were damaged due to flooding with over 60 families being relocated to temporary shelters.