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Variable weather patterns prompt caution across SL: Showers, swell waves, and Heat Index warnings follow (May 06)

By: Isuru Parakrama

May 06, Colombo (LNW): Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central 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 North-western and North-central provinces and in Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu districts during the afternoon or night, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather forecast today (06).

A few showers may occur over the coastal areas of Puttalam to Galle via Colombo during the morning to0, the statement added.

Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Central and Sabaragamuwa 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.

Meanwhile, The swell waves (about 2.5 m – 3.0 m) height (This is not for land area) and wave period (about 12s-16s) may increase in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kalpitiya to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle, and Hambantota.

There is a possibility that near shore sea areas off the coast extending from Colombo to Matara via Galle, may experience surges due to swell waves.

The sea areas off the coast extending from Kalpitiya to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota can be rough at times.

The naval and fishing communities who are engaged in fishing and naval activities in the above sea areas, therefore, are requested to be vigilant in this regard.

The adverse weather conditions are also attributed to by heat index, the temperature felt on human body, which is expected to increase up to ‘Extreme Caution level’ at some places in Northern, North-central, North-western and Eastern provinces and in Monaragala district and that values, expected to increase up to ‘Caution level’ at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces and Matale district.

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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