Apr 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka is experiencing the warmest weather in 140 years according to Professor Chandana Jayaratne of the Physical Sciences division of the Colombo University.
Professor Chandana Jayaratne Professor in Physics, who is an expert in atmospheric sciences says an analysis of the meteorological data confirms the extreme weather condition.
He said that there are a few reasons for the increase in the temperatures. The sun is at its peak over the island during this time of the year and the El Nino effect and also the gradual rise in global temperatures during the past 4 years also contribute to the warm up.
The Department of Meteorology said that these days the temperature has increased by two to three degrees Celsius above the average temperature in the past thirty years.
Meanwhile, the Meteorology Department says extremely warm conditions prevail in the North Central, North-Western and Sabaragamuwa, Moneragala, Gampaha, Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu districts.
Over 580,000 people have been affected by the dry weather and dry weather related events, according to the Disaster Management Center.