KUCHING: A “normal” weather pattern has been forecast for Sarawak in February, meaning the southern end of the state may receive as much as 900mm of rainfall this month.
In comparison, just 300mm is forecast for other states.
Every February, the areas in and around Kuching had always been the wettest in the country.
When it flooded in Sarawak last month, about 900mm was also received in Kuching. The floods were triggered after heavy rain was recorded on Jan 18 and 19. The heavy downpour then also coincided with a week of high tides.
Looking ahead, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (Met) is forecasting isolated thunderstorms every day until Chinese New Year, over which the wet weather pattern is expected to persist.
The next round of high tides is expected to begin next week.
In the Met’s latest monsoon season report, the expected rainfall for central and northern Sarawak is between 400mm and 500mm this month.
Meanwhile, as at 8am yesterday morning, there were still 107 flood evacuees in Sarawak. All were from the Kampung Ulu Semera area, involving 39 families.
At the height of the floods last month, more than 10,000 Sarawakians were evacuated.