Rains may soften northern heat and haze

PETALING JAYA: The northern states are experiencing scorching heat and moderate air pollution.According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), Jeli in Kelantan was placed on a Level 2 heatwave alert yesterday, with temperatures between 37°C and 40°C for three consecutive days at least.

Twenty areas in Peninsular Malaysia were on a Level 1 heatwave alert.

These included Hulu Perak, Kinta, Raub, Jerantut, Temerloh, Kuala Krai, Kuala Terengganu, Gua Musang, Kuala Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

A Level 1 heatwave alert is for daily temperatures of between 35°C and 37°C for at least three consecutive days.

MetMalaysia director-general Muhammad Helmi Abdullah warned people, particularly those who often work outdoors, to be careful.

“Risks due to excessively high temperatures or heatwaves include dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can harm a person’s health,” he said when contacted.

In Penang, state environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said there were worries that temperatures might increase further as neighbouring Thailand is facing unprecedented high temperatures.

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