Maldives’ monsoon rains expected to intensify in coming days

A pedestrian crosses the street amid heavy rain in Male' City. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The Southwest Monsoon, or the Hulhangu Monsoon, as known locally, is expected to intensify in the coming days, according to the national weather agency.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Maldives Meteorological Service announced that the Hulhangu Monsoon is expected to intensify, starting from Thursday evening.

The agency forecasts scattered rain, and strong winds ranging from 15-25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 45-50 miles per hour.

Seas are expected to be rough, with possible swell waves during high tides.

These conditions are expected to prevail for at least the next five days.

The weather agency has advised all, especially seafarers, to exercise caution during this period, and to take all necessary measures to minimize damage from strong winds and heavy rain.

The monsoon rains come after Maldives experienced intense heat, with the feels-like temperature reaching above 46 degrees Celsius last month.

The current rains have resulted in flooding in some parts of the Maldives.

On Tuesday, strong winds and heavy rain ripped roofs of six houses off HA. Dhidhdhoo. Other properties nearby also reported damages.