Health officials request the general public to consume more water, due to the hot weather condition prevailing these days. They further say that drinking less water could lead to dehydration easily and advised children, athletes and those who stay outdoors often to hydrate themselves.

General recommendation for adults is to drink at least 2 litres of water per day.

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommends drinking 2.7 liters (or 91 ounces or 11 cups) for adult women a day, and 3.7 liters (or 125 ounces or 15 cups) for men. It’s important to note this measurement accounts for total daily fluid rather than plain water.

Job sites: Stay hydrated and takes breaks in the shade as often as possible.
Indoors: Check up on the elderly and the sick.
Vehicles: Never leave children unattended.
Outdoors: Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated.
Dress: Wear lightweight and white or light-colored clothing.

MET Department Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre issued heat warnings for several districts.

Heat index, the temperature felt on human body is expected to increase up to ‘Caution’ level at some places in Eastern, North-Central and North-Western provinces and in Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Monaragala and Hambantota districts.

Expect over 30 c̊ temperature at most districts.

Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central, Southern, North-Western, Uva and North-Central provinces during the afternoon or night.

Mainly fair weather will prevail elsewhere over the island.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershower.