Heat Index Advisory Issued for Multiple Provinces in Sri Lanka
The Department of Meteorology has alerted the public to an imminent rise in temperatures, prompting the issuance of a heat index advisory effective for the next 24 hours starting from 2.30 p.m. yesterday (May 18).
Certain areas in the Northern, North-Central, North-western, and Eastern provinces, as well as the Monaragala District, are expected to experience a heat index reaching the ‘caution’ level. The heat index represents the temperature felt on the human body and is influenced by factors such as relative humidity and maximum temperature.
The advisory emphasizes the importance of staying hydrated and seeking shade regularly. Additionally, individuals are advised to limit strenuous outdoor activities and opt for lightweight, white, or light-coloured clothing to minimize heat absorption.
The Meteorology Department has utilized global numerical weather prediction model data to generate this heat index forecast for the following day. The advisory serves as a precautionary measure to safeguard public health and well-being.
Remember to stay cool and take necessary precautions during this period of increased temperatures.