Met Dept pours hot water on cold snap prediction

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  • Sunday, 31 Jan 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has dismissed talk that “extreme cold weather” is expected to hit the northern hemisphere including some parts of the country next month.

Its director-general Datuk Che Gayah Ismail said the claim was not true and the temperature would remain within the normal range throughout February.

“In fact, the statement was not from me. The lowest temperature of 16°C was actually referring to last year’s minimum temperature,” she said when contacted yesterday.

An unverified news report went viral online, predicting that Malaysia will experience cold weather during the Chinese New Year period next month.

It was also reported in that report that the temperature in some parts of peninsular Malaysia could drop to as low as 16°C due to the wind change.

The temperature is currently between an average of 23°C to 33°C.

MetMalaysia forecast last month that the weather was expected to be hotter and drier due to the El Nino phenomenon.

Temperatures in parts of the country may go up by between 0.5°C and 2°C.

Less rainfall is also expected, especially in Sabah and north Sarawak.

“The last time the country faced an El Nino phenomenon of this high intensity was in 1997 and 1998 when temperatures reached 40.1°C,” said Che Gayah.

For comparison, the average minimum weather in Cameron High­lands ranged from 14°C to 16°C.

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