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The Department of Meteorology has issued a heat advisory for May 27th. The heat index, which is the temperature felt on the human body, is expected to rise to the caution level in some places in the Western, North-Western, Northern, North-Central, and Eastern provinces, and in the Moneragala and Hambantota districts. The heat index forecast is calculated using relative humidity and maximum temperature. The Meteorology Department has advised the public to stay hydrated, take breaks in the shade, limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade, and wear lightweight and white or light-colored clothing.

Here are some tips to stay safe during hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned room or in the shade as much as possible.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.

If you experience heat-related illness, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of heat-related illness include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Muscle cramps
  • Rapid breathing
  • Pale, clammy skin
  • Fainting

Heat-related illness can be serious, even deadly. Please take precautions to stay safe during hot weather.

The official document of heat index advisory is attached below.

The Department of Meteorology also issued a heat index advisory in last April.