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In April, Malaysia’s Meteorological Department issued heatwave alerts in several states, and the highest temperature recorded was 38.4ºC in Negri Sembilan – less than 2º off the historic high of 40.1ºC in Chuping, Perlis, in 1998. — Filepic/The Star

LAST year we saw temperatures in Britain soar to 40ºC – breaking all records there. At that time, I counted my blessings that while it’s warm or even hot every day here in Malaysia, we have not seen our temperatures reaching those extremes in recent times.

So last month came as something of a shock. In April, Malaysia’s Meteo-rological Department issued heatwave alerts in several states. The highest temperature recorded was 38.4ºC in Negri Sembilan – less than 2º off the extraordinary national record of 40.1ºC in Chuping, Perlis, in 1998.

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