SL experiencing highest temperatures in 140 years: Prof. Jayaratne
Posted on April 12th, 2019

Yohan Perera Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka is experiencing its highest temperature levels in 140 years, Professor Chandana Jayaratne from the Department of Physics, Colombo University said today.

Professor Jayaratne said this could be confirmed by examining climate data statistics. He said the temperature levels have gone up by 2 to 3 degrees from what it was 30 years ago, which according to him could be due to global warming.

A spokesman from the Department of Meteorology however said it cannot be responsible for the statement made by Professor Jayaratne.

However as per the data put out by the Department of Meteorology the temperature levels have slightly reduced. The temperature in Vavuniya, which went upto almost 38c degrees on Thursday (11) was down to 37.5c degrees, The temperature in Kurunegala had come down to 35.1c degrees.

The temperatures in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, where the temperature was more than 37c degrees on Thursday, had also reduced according to the Department of Meteorology. Comparatively the temperature in Anuradhapura was 36.7c degrees while the temperature in Polonnaruwa was 36.5c degrees last afternoon.

However, the department did issue a heat advisory which said staying in the sun for long hours could result in heat cramps and heat exhaustion.

At the same time it issued an advisory on severe thunderstorms which was for the Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and Uva Provinces. (

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