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Enhanced showery conditions across SL: Public precaution amid rising Heat Index (May 07)

By: Isuru Parakrama

May 07, Colombo (LNW): An enhancement of showery condition over most parts of the island is expected during next few days (after 08th May), the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather forecast today (07).

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western, Uva and Eastern provinces and in Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m., with showers or thundershowers being expected at a few places elsewhere during the afternoon or night.

Showers may occur over the coastal areas of Puttalam to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle during the morning too.

Fairly heavy showers about 50 mm are likely at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.

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.

Marine Weather:

Condition of Rain:
Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota.
Winds:
Winds will be southwesterly or variable 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 and from Batticaloa to Hambanthota via Pottuvil.
State of Sea:
The sea areas off the coasts extending from Puttalam to Kankasanthurai via Mannar and from Batticaloa to Hambanthota via Pottuvil 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 ‘Extreme Caution level’ at some places in Northern, North-central and Eastern provinces and in Kurunegala and Monaragala districts and that values, expected to increase up to ‘Caution level’ at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces and in Puttalam and Matale districts, the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre of the Department 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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