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Met Dept forecasts showers, thunderstorms across multiple provinces: Public urged to take precautions against rising Heat Index

By: Isuru Parakrama

April 30, Colombo (LNW): Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, North-western and Uva provinces after 1.00 p.m., with showers or thundershowers being expected to occur at a few places elsewhere in the evening or night, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather forecast today (30).

Fairly heavy showers above 50 mm are likely at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces, the statement added.

Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces 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 around the island during the evening or night.
Winds will be south-easterly or variable in the sea areas around the island. Wind speed will be (15-25) kmph.
State of Sea:
The 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 Northern, North-central and North-Western provinces and in Gampaha, Colombo, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts, the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre of the Dept said.

The public, therefore, 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-coloured clothing.

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