The heat is on – till mid-March


Photo: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The scorching weather that has persisted throughout the Chinese New Year festive period is expected to last till at least mid-March, potentially making the coming weeks blistering hot.

The warmer weather came following the annual monsoon season, which caused floods in several parts of the country early last month.

According to the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), warmer weather and less rainfall is predicted for the coming weeks.

MetMalaysia director-general Jailan Simon said the country is currently in the last phase of the northeast monsoon season that will last until mid-March.

During this period, he said, rainfall is expected to be low in Peninsular Malaysia, particularly in the northern region.

He said MetMalaysia is not predicting extreme hot weather throughout the year.

“But low rainfall over a long period of time may cause warm weather, particularly during nights due to cloud cover, ” he added.

Jailan said the warm weather being experienced now is a normal phenomenon that takes place between February and April each year.

He also noted that the highest temperature of 36.2°C this February was lower than last year’s 37.4°C reading.

“The warmer weather experienced in many parts of the country during this period is expected to gradually cool down beginning mid-April, ” he added.

Jailan also urged Malaysians to take steps to conserve water due to the warmer weather, and advised against open burning.

“MetMalaysia is monitoring the weather across the country. The public is advised to keep alert towards weather changes and obtain the latest information and weather warnings through our official website, the myCuaca app, and MetMalaysia social media sites, ” he added.

Teacher Sarah Tan, 27, who conducts most of her classes from home, said the warm weather drove her to buy an air-conditioner for RM2,000 last week.

“It’s really hot now, especially during the day. It’s so hot that my dog just wants to sleep all afternoon. So having air-conditioning will help, ” she added.

Azizan Yusof, a public relations executive who works from home, also complained about the unusually hot weather of late.

“The living room has been very uncomfortable with the lack of windows adding to the heat, ” she said.

She also said that the air-conditioner is

a necessity, as the warm weather has caused rashes on her mother’s sensitive skin.

“So I decided to install a unit in the living room where she spends most of her time during the day, ” she added.

Beginning this year, a RM200 e-rebate will be given to households which buy locally-made refrigerators and air-conditioners that have a four or five-star energy rating.

Malaysians can apply for the Sustainability Achieved via Energy Efficiency (Save 2.0) programme via the Shopee app, and get approval within 14 days.

Once approved, users would get R200 credited to their app wallet.

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