The Department of Meteorology has issued a weather alert for extreme heat in parts of the island today (18).

The Sun going directly over Sri Lanka

Accordingly, the heat index, the temperature felt on the human body, is expected to reach ‘Caution’ level at some places in the Northern, North-central, Western, Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Southern and North-Western provinces and Monaragala District.

In its advisory, the department cautioned that heat cramps and heat exhaustion; continued activity could result in heatstroke.