PETALING JAYA: Less rainfall is expected next month, which will be heralding the Chinese New Year.
Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) director-general Alui Bahari said no heavy continuous rain is expected that month.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Professor of Climatology and Oceanography Prof Fredolin Tangang has a similar expectation.
Climatologically, over the peninsula, especially on the east coast, the amount of rainfall in February is expected to be less compared to November, December and January.
“Overall, no unusual weather event is forecast over Malaysia in February,” he said.
As far as the north-east monsoon effect is concerned, the peninsula is unlikely to experience major extreme weather events, he added.
“However, for Sarawak and Sabah, a wet condition is still possible, especially with the La Nina effect continuing until March to April,” he said.
Prof Fredolin added that the latest seasonal forecast provided by the Apec Climate Centre in Busan, South Korea, also indicated that Sabah is forecast to have above normal rainfall, with the likelihood between 50% and 60%.