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Heat Index reaches ‘Extreme Caution’ level

The Heat Index which has reached ‘Extreme Caution level’ is likely to reach a higher level in the first two weeks of April the Meteorological Department said yesterday. The lack of wind will aggravate this situation, with the onset of the Inter Monsoon period.

Duty Meteorologist Kasun Pasqual speaking to the Daily News said that as the Inter-Monsoon season begins at the end of March and lower wind levels will be experienced.

“The Inter-Monsoon season will result in uncomfortable conditions as there is a lack of wind with a higher level of heat. The humidity also remains in the scale between 80%- 90%. When the air has high moisture content, sweat cannot evaporate, leaving our bodies feeling hot and sticky. As Sri Lanka is experiencing the Northeast Monsoon period these days there is a certain level of wind to ease the situation. Yet the onset of the Inter-Monsoon period at the end of March will worsen the situation” he said.

Moreover he said that the higher level of temperature will prevail till the end of April until the Southwest Monsoon begins in May. Pasqual said that the Heat Index that has reached the ‘Extreme caution Level’ is mostly experienced in the Western Province extending to the areas Puttalam, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Kegalle, Colombo, Kalutara and Galle, Matara, Hambanthota districts in the Southern Province, and also Monaragala in the Uva Province and Ratnapura in the Sabaragamuwa Province.

Furthermore,he added that the prevailing extreme cautious level is not an unusual situation which is faced by Sri Lanka in the months of March and April every year. He also said that the maximum temperature is at a high level averagely when compared to the last years.

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