Drier days ahead from tomorrow


Timely aid: Idris (fourth from left) handing over essential items to flood evacuees at Tehel.

PETALING JAYA: Dry weather can be expected from tomorrow when the weather pattern changes, putting a halt to the recent downpour.

Malaysian Meteorological Depart­ment director-general Alui Bahari said the current heavy rainfall was caused by the north-westerly winds coming from the Indian Ocean, which brought high humidity to Malaysia.

“However, starting tomorrow, wind is expected to come from south-west. We expect the weather to be drier,” said Alui yesterday.

He said the country is currently experiencing the south-west monsoon, which began on May 17 and is expected to last until September.

The weather during the south-west monsoon is expected to be drier with less rainfall, said Alui.

“But that doesn’t mean we will have hot and dry weather throughout the period. The weather in tropical areas is influenced by wind factors too,” he added.

In May, it was reported that the coming months would be hotter due to the south-west monsoon.

While Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak are expected to experience less rain, Sabah is expected to get more rainfall.

According to the MetMalaysia website, there are four seasons in Ma­­lay­sia, namely south-west monsoon (May to September), north-east monsoon (early November to March), and the inter-monsoon periods.

The north-east monsoon tends to bring heavy rain to the east coast of the peninsula, the western part of Sarawak, and the north-east of Sabah.


   

Across The Star Online


Air Pollutant Index

Highest API Readings

    Select State and Location to view the latest API reading

    Source: Department of Environment, Malaysia