MetMalaysia: Southwest monsoon to start on May 17, with drier weather expected

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) forecasts the onset of the southwest monsoon to begin on May 17 and continue through September 2024.

According to MetMalaysia director-general Muhammad Helmi Abdullah, under the influence of the monsoon, winds are expected to blow consistently from the southwest direction, bringing lower humidity and more stable atmospheric conditions.

"This change in weather patterns typically results in fewer rain clouds and subsequently, reduced rainfall during the period.

"The monsoon is likely to lead to a predominant number of dry days compared to rainy days across the country," he said.

Helmi said however that residents should remain vigilant as the season does not rule out the possibility of heavy rain accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorms.

He added that haze is a concern during this period, particularly between July and September, if open burning is not adequately controlled.

"The Meteorological Department advises against open burning to minimise the effects of haze and environmental pollution. The public is also encouraged to use water prudently throughout this period," he said.

For the latest weather information and updates, the public can access the department's website, the myCuaca mobile app, follow their official social media channels, or contact the MetMalaysia Hotline at 1-300-22-1638 for any further inquiries.

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