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Heat wave hits Eastern Province

The Natural Hazards Early Warning Center requests the public to stay hydrated and not to leave children unattended in vehicles as the Heat Index (The temperature felt on the human body) is expected to increase up to the ‘Extreme Caution’ level in the Eastern Province today.

According to the Heat Index Advisory issued for Monday (8), the heat index in Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts will be increased to 320C - 410C (Extreme Caution level) while it will be at 270C - 320C (Caution Level) in the Polonnaruwa and Moneragala districts.

As indicated by the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry, people being exposed to sunlight under the Extreme Caution level can cause for heat cramps and exhaustion and continuing activities could result in heat stroke. Under the Caution level, fatigue is possible and continuing activities could result in cramps, it says.

The public is urged to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade often when at job sites, not to leave children unattended in vehicles, look after the elders and the sick persons, wear lightweight and light color (White) clothes and limit the strenuous outdoor activities (find shades and stay hydrated). 

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