Heat advisory raised to caution level in 15 districts

10 April 2024 08:22 pm – 0      – 593

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Colombo, April 10 (Daily Mirror) – As temperatures soar in parts of Sri Lanka, authorities warn of an impending rise in the heat index, particularly in regions spanning the Northern, Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western provinces and the Anuradhapura, Galle and Matara districts.

The heat index, a measure of how hot it feels to the human body when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature, is anticipated to escalate to levels classified as ‘Caution’ levels.

According to the heat advisory issued, the ‘Caution Level’ was expected only in 15 districts, which included the Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavunia, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Kegalle, Colombo, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Galle and Matara districts.

This poses potential health risks, especially to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children and individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

As such, people are advised to prioritize hydration and take frequent breaks in shaded areas to prevent heat-related illnesses.

People are also advised to wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light-colored clothing to help stay cool in the sweltering conditions.

Furthermore, individuals engaging in outdoor activities are encouraged to limit strenuous exertion, seek shade whenever possible and stay adequately hydrated.