PETALING JAYA: It would seem the weather in Malaysia is shaping up to be polar opposite with heavy rains and hot weather warnings by the Meteorological Department of Malaysia (MetMalaysia) on Saturday (June 3).
On its Facebook the department announced thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds until late night for the northern, east coast and Sabah states.
Wet weather is expected in Perlis, Kedah (Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar, Pokok Sena, Padang Terap, Yan, Pendang, Kuala Muda and Sik), Penang (Southwest, North East and Seberang Perai) North) Kelantan Terengganu Pahang (Lipis and Jerantut) Sabah: Inland (Nabawan) and Sandakan (Tongod, Kinabatangan and Sandakan) until 1am, June 4.
"A warning is issued when there are signs of a thunderstorm with intense rain exceeding 20 mm/hour or expected to occur for more than an hour.
"A thunderstorm warning is a short-term warning valid for a period not exceeding six hours for a single issue," the department said at 9.40pm.
This announcement was a stark contradiction to the level one hot weather warning in four areas in Malaysia earlier on Saturday (June 4),
Three areas were on level one namely in Bentong, Temerloh and Kuantan in Pahang, as well as in Kinabatangan, Sabah.
It said that level one hot weather was expected to occur for at least three days in a row.
MetMalaysia in a post on its Facebook page informed that three areas were in the state of Pahang namely Bentong, Temerloh and Kuantan.
According to the statement, the other area was in Kinabatangan, Sabah. The level one hot weather warning would occur for at least three days in a row.
"The maximum daily temperature for level one is 35 to 37 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days," it said.