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Heat Advisory and Safety Measures Issued by Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department

The Department of Meteorology has issued a heat advisory, cautioning the public about an anticipated increase in the heat index – the perceived temperature experienced by the human body – to a ‘Caution’ level in certain areas of the North-central and Eastern provinces. To ensure the safety and well-being of the public during this period of heightened heat, the Department has provided the following instructions:
  1. Job sites: Stay well-hydrated and take frequent breaks in shaded areas to prevent heat-related stress.
  2. Indoors: Be sure to check on the elderly and those who are unwell, as they are more vulnerable to extreme heat.
  3. Vehicles: It is crucial to never leave children unattended in vehicles, especially during hot weather, to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  4. Outdoors: Minimize rigorous outdoor activities, seek shelter in shaded spots, and maintain proper hydration to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  5. Dress: Opt for lightweight and light-colored clothing to help reduce heat absorption and stay cooler.
In light of the ongoing arid weather conditions, the Disaster Management Centre has reported that the number of people affected has risen to 280,230. It is important for individuals and communities to stay vigilant, follow safety guidelines, and take necessary precautions to safeguard themselves and others from the adverse effects of extreme heat and dry conditions.

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