Colombo, Feb. 27 – Sri Lanka’s Meteorology Department on Thursday issued an “extreme heat” advisory as temperatures were expected to hit as high as 40 degrees centigrade in the coming days, the Xinhua News agency reported.
In its latest weather report, the Meteorology Department said temperatures had increased to an index which led the public to feel discomfort and it was expected to further rise severely in the coming days in some parts of the North-Western and Western Provinces and in Mannar, in the north, Galle and Matara Districts in the south.
The public have been warned of possible heat cramps, exhaustion and even heat strokes, especially in the worst affected districts.
“The public are advised to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible while at work, check up on the elderly and the sick while indoors, never leave children unattended in vehicles, limit strenuous outdoor activities,” Deputy Director of the Forecast Department Merille Mendis was quoted by local media as saying.
He said even though some parts of the country was experiencing mild rain, proper showers were expected only after mid-March.