(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Meteorology Department yesterday issued a heat wave advisory for the Eastern Province and the Polonnaruwa, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts.
The Advisory said the temperature in most parts of the Eastern Province and some parts of the Polonnaruwa, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts could increase yesterday and today and as a result the “Heat Index” could rise up to 39-45 degrees Celsius.
“Fatigue is possible with prolonged exposure and activity. Continuing activity could result in heat cramps,” it cautioned the public.
The advisory requested the people in job sites to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible. It requested the people living indoors to check up on the elderly and the sick.
It requested the people in vehicles to avoid leaving children unattended. It advised the people who are outdoors to limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated.
“The Heat Index Forecast is calculated by using relative humidity and maximum temperature and this is the condition that is felt on your body.
This is not the forecast of maximum temperature,” the Department explained.