PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are used to the hot weather during the Chinese New Year but this time around, cooler temperatures are likely with rain forecast for many parts of the country today and tomorrow.
According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), rain is expected in several areas in Terengganu, Pahang, Johor East, Sabah (Kudat and Sandakan) and Sarawak, with other places expected to enjoy fair weather.
Those going to open houses in the evenings are also advised to bring an umbrella as thunderstorms are expected in several areas in the Klang Valley, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Terengganu and Pahang.
The same has been forecast for Sabah (the interior and west coast) and Labuan in the evenings.
Fine weather is expected in other places except for Sarawak during the night today and Wednesday.
Several areas in Sarawak (Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Kapit, Miri and Limbang) are expected to see rainfall and thunderstorms both in the evening and at night during the Chinese New Year holiday.
“The weather condition in the country for February until July are being influenced by the north-east monsoon happening from February to March, then the monsoon transition period happening in April before the southwest monsoon takes place between May and July.
“Based on climatology records, during the final phase of the northeast monsoon, the weather is usually damp with higher rainfall possibly happening in Sabah and Sarawak compared to peninsular states,” said MetMalaysia in its weather forecast report for February to July 2019.
Throughout this month, most places in the peninsula are also expected to experience drier weather with rainfall measuring less than 150mm, it said.