Southwest monsoon rains will be expected during the next week, the Department of Meteorology said.
The monsoon will commence in May and continue till September. It is expected to start on May 23.
Meanwhile, showers will occur at times in the Western, North-Western, Southern, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and fairly heavy falls (above 75mm) are also likely at some places today.
Showers or thunder showers will occur at a few places in the Eastern province after 2.00 pm.
Strong windy conditions over the country and in the sea areas around the island will continue further particularly over the Southern, Eastern and Northern sea areas.