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Showers and thunderstorms expected, Heat Index to reach ‘Caution Level’ in several provinces

By: Isuru Parakrama

April 21, Colombo (LNW): Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m., with showers or thundershowers being expected to occur at a few places in Uva province and in Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, and Mannar districts during the afternoon or night, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather forecast today (21).

Showers will occur in the western coastal areas during the morning too, the statement added.

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

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 several places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo and Galle in the evening or night.
Winds:
Winds will be South-westerly or variable in direction and wind speed will be (20-30) kmph. Wind speed may increase up to (40-45) 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 can be fairly rough at times. 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 Northern, North-central, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Southern and North-Western provinces and Monaragala district, the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre of the Department said in a statement.

The public, therefore, is advised 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, wear lightweight and white or light-coloured clothing.

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