KOTA KINABALU: The present hot weather, which will continue until mid-September, is not expected to go beyond 40 degrees Celsius, says Sabah Meteorological Department.
Its director Amir Zudi Hashim said the lower humidity of the winds brought by the southwest monsoon, which resulted in lesser cloud formation and rainfall, was the reason for the current drier climate in the country.
So far, only two areas in Sabah namely Beluran and Paitan registered a temperature of 35°C to 36°C for three days in a row, he added.
“This (hot weather) is a normal situation during the southwest monsoon active phase, where the average daily temperature is estimated between 23°C and 29°C.
“The daily maximum temperature could reach 36°C, but the Meteorological Department does not expect it to go over 40°C during this southwest monsoon period.
“At present, only two meteorological auxiliary stations recorded 35°C to 36°C for three days in a row, namely the stations in Beluran agriculture office and Paitan health clinic,” he said when contacted.
Amir Zudi, however, said rain and strong winds, coupled with thunder could still occur at Sabah’s west coast due to the squall line phenomenon in the early mornings.
“Rains and thunderstorms could also occur in the late afternoons, if the atmospheric condition is not stable and cause thunderstorm clouds,” he added.
Besides constantly staying hydrated, the public are also reminded to stay indoors and limit outside activities during the dry spell, said Amir Zudi.
“The community should also avoid starting any open fires or burnings.
“We advise them to get the latest information on the weather through the website www.met.gov.my, or myCuaca mobile application or follow our social media (accounts),” he added.