PETALING JAYA: The southwest monsoon has brought with it hotter and drier weather to peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak.
Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) director-general Alui Bahari said the monsoon season started yesterday.
He said the southwest monsoon came after the end of the inter-monsoon period which brought heavy rains to the peninsula last month.
The monsoon is expected to last until September.
“Generally, during the southwest monsoon, the country will experience lower rainfall in the peninsula and Sarawak,” Alui said in an email.
He said there would be more dry days ahead than wet ones in these two areas during this period.
“But Sabah will receive more rain than other states” he added.
According to the MetMalaysia website, there are four seasons in Malaysia - the southwest monsoon (May to September), northeast monsoon (early November to March), and two inter-monsoon seasons in between.
Rain is only expected to return in October during the next inter-monsoon period.
The northeast monsoon will bring heavy rain to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, west Sarawak and the northeast of Sabah.
Meanwhile, to escape the hot weather, more people have been seeking shelter in shopping malls
Malaysia Shopping Malls Association adviser HC Chan said families would spend more time in malls when the weather got hotter.
“They will have many options including going to the restaurants and shops to escape the heat,” he said.
Chan said since the hot spell began recently, there has been a 10% increase in the number of visitors to shopping malls in the Klang Valley.