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12 Mar 2024 | Tue 05:28
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Heat rises in Maldives
Maldives experiencing extreme heat, MMS urges caution
Precautionary measures need to be taken to prevent sun damage
Maximum temperature is likely to hover around 40 degrees Celsius, in Maldives
Since it is an El Niño year, temperatures are expected to surge above normal

As the Maldives is presently experiencing the hottest days of the year, the Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) has urged caution from the public.

In a publication on Monday, the department revealed that the months of March and April are the hottest months of the year for Maldives.

As such, since winds weaken significantly and skies clear up, paired with high humidity, the warm air temperature is aggravated, which makes it seem warmer than the actual temperature, which is recorded as the “feels like temperature”.

The department revealed that the World Meteorological Organization has cautioned that temperatures are expected to surge above normal, as it coincides with another El Niño event.

MMS went on to reveal that the highest temperature of the day is observed at around 2pm, mostly.

The department has also stressed that the highest temperature is likely to be recorded at 40 degrees Celsius. They added that the feels like temperature exceeded 42 degrees Celsius in central atolls on Monday.

As the heat is expected to surge excessively over the course of the next couple of day across the Maldives, MMS has urged caution from the public, as it poses health concerns.

Some of these include fatigue, dizziness, headaches, dehydration as well as damage to the eyes among many others.

The public is advised to refrain from taking their children outdoors during high heat as well as to use umbrellas to shade from the sunlight, wearing light colored clothes than cover more skin, use wide hats as well as following other important precautionary measures such as using sun block to prevent sun damage.

Last updated at: 2 months ago
Reviewed by: Fathimath Zuhaira