Keeping cool: Tourists shielding themselves from the searing sun during their visit to Dataran Putra in Putrajaya.
PETALING JAYA: It is going to be hot and dry in most parts of Malaysia, with scorching afternoons to be followed by cold nights.
“It’s going to be dry for most of the regions. Some showers here and there, but mostly dry and hot weather,” said National Weather Forecast Centre director Muhammad Helmi Abdullah,
Muhammad said the dry spell was caused by regional wind patterns that were not conducive for rainy weather.
These, he said, were attributed to an inactive monsoon trough; a lack of a monsoon surge from China and the non-influence of easterly winds from the Western Pacific Ocean.
He added that rain clouds appearing north of Australia might have also been responsible for drawing moisture from our region, further drying the weather here.
Muhammad said lack of clouds in the region meant that cold nights and hot afternoons were going to be common.
As an example, he said rural areas such as Kuala Krai and Chuping may experience temperatures below 20°C.
This, he said, might also hold true for northern sides of Peninsula Malaysia and the eastern and western parts of Sabah.
“There will be some fluctuations in wind pattern, but we don’t expect much different weather for the next few days,” he said, adding that widespread rain was not expected.
According to a list by the Meteorological Department, it has not rained in more than 50 areas in all states in the peninsula for five or more consecutive days as of Feb 4.
They include Padang Besar, Langkawi, Seberang Prai Utara, Petaling, Klang, Kepong, Jasin, Cameron Highlands, Muar, Besut and Kota Baru.
According to the Meteorological Department’s website, Kuala Lumpur was expected to see a constant maximum temperature of 33°C from now until Feb 10, with no rain on the horizon.