• Last Update 2023-09-27 20:37:00

Heat up on the rise until south-west monsoon


Several factors have caused the heat index to be high these days. This current heat index is set to last for a couple of days until the south-west monsoon arises. Unlike past years, this time the heat condition lasted for a long time because of the delay of the South-West monsoon.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Meteorologist Malinda Millangoda said that the urban heat island effect (UHI) occurs in areas with a dense population, such as the Colombo and Gampaha districts, and also in areas with a higher number of buildings and concrete structures, making the high temperatures last for a period of time.

Further, the south-west monsoon will bring some relief with the rain and winds. The El Nino effect also plays a major role in the heat wave. This is due to the rising temperatures in the ocean levels of the Pacific Ocean, which cause the sea globally to have high heat conditions.

"We also request the public to follow our weather forecasts, which are being regularly updated," he added. The Northern, North-Eastern, North-Western, Western, and Eastern Provinces will be vulnerable to this prevailing high heat index during the upcoming days.

Due to the prevailing heat conditions, the public is urged to take the necessary precautions to minimize the heat-related diseases that could be caused. Especially schoolchildren, pregnant mothers, outdoor workers, and the elderly are requested to take extra precautions to stay safe from this heat. An adult is asked to drink at least 2.5 liters of water per day. It was further stated that the public should wear light-weight and light-colored clothing.


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