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Today’s (March 25) weather: Showers expected across several provinces, caution advised on Heat Index

By: Isuru Parakrama

March 25, Colombo (LNW): Several spells of showers may occur in Eastern and Uva provinces and in Polonnaruwa district, with showers or thundershowers being expected at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Central provinces during the afternoon or night, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather forecast today (25).

Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and in Kalutara, Galle and Matara districts during the morning, the statement added.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by temporary localised strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

Marine Weather:

Condition of Rain:
Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Hambantota via Batticaloa. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Hambantota via Galle during the afternoon or night.
Winds will be Northeasterly and wind speed will be (20-30) kmph. Wind speed may increase up to 40 kmph at times in the sea areas off the coasts extending from   Puttalam to Kankasanthurai via Mannar.
State of Sea:
The sea areas off the coasts extending from Puttalam to Kankasanthurai via Mannar can be moderate. Other sea areas around the island will be slight. Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

Meanwhile, heat index, the temperature felt on human body is expected to increase up to ‘Caution level’ at some places in Western, North-western, Southern provinces and Mannar, Vavuniya and Anuradhapura districts, the Department’s Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre said.

The public is urged to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible, check up on the elderly and the sick, never leave children unattended, limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated, and wear lightweight and white or light-colored clothing.

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