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Authorities Issue Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise in Parts of Sri Lanka

As temperatures soar in various parts of Sri Lanka, authorities have issued a warning regarding an anticipated increase in the heat index, particularly in regions spanning the Northern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, and North-Western provinces, as well as the Anuradhapura, Galle, and Matara districts.

The heat index, which measures how hot it feels to the human body when relative humidity is considered alongside the actual air temperature, is expected to escalate to levels categorized as ‘Caution’ levels.

As per the heat advisory issued, the ‘Caution Level’ is predicted to be reached in 15 districts, including Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavunia, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Kegalle, Colombo, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Galle, and Matara.

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

Therefore, people are advised to prioritize hydration and take frequent breaks in shaded areas to mitigate the risk of heat-related illnesses. Additionally, it is recommended to wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing to aid in staying cool amidst the sweltering conditions.

Furthermore, individuals engaging in outdoor activities are encouraged to limit strenuous exertion, seek shade whenever possible, and ensure they remain adequately hydrated to safeguard against the adverse effects of the heat.

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